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Celebrating International Women's Day
Photo by EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
by
Alicia Jones
on
March 7, 2014
| Gender Concerns |

In honor of International Women's Day, we would like to celebrate the exciting book launch of Chasing Misery!

Chasing Misery is an anthology of 21 essays and 26 photographs contributed by women who have worked in humanitarian responses during the last decade. All of the essays are first person accounts of specific experiences women had which challenged or inspired them. Essays were written about a number of different humanitarian emergencies including countries like, Chad, South Sudan, Japan, and the U.S.”  (Head of the Editorial Team, Kelsey Hoppe)

To inspire you here’s an beautiful excerpt from contributing writer, Rachel Hubbard:

“The Great North Road is also known as the Cape-to-Cairo Road and it is one of the longest roads in the world. I lived in a mud hut so close to that road that sometimes I was afraid the intoxicated drivers hauling supplies to South Sudan would plow me over in my sleep. The road is mainly dirt and full of potholes so large that during the rainy season you could swim laps in them; needless to say that when it did rain you could easily become stranded on the road for days.

I, along with many other co-workers at the birthing center, despised traveling on that road, so rough that it could easily have passed as a form of torture. We had to travel each week for hours to get into town for supplies, and it was always an experience. I saw many things traveling on that stretch of dirt: sunsets that took my breath away, hundreds of children walking miles home from school, babies dying in my arms. But none of those things can compare to the day I almost died on the Great North Road.”

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“I think that I am a human being who is capable of experiencing, living and doing the best I can for the developing world. Yes, there are consequences, but some people are more apt than others to do what I plan on doing my whole life. I am going to take weeks and work on a massive, healing cleanse for my body and soul. Someday soon, I’ll head right back out to the bush to serve women. Next time I will go better prepared. Next time I will make different mistakes. Next time, I will be brave and have courageous conversations and stand up for my body and what I believe.”

 

Where can I buy Chasing Misery?

Chasing Misery is available in paperback and kindle editions.

Many thanks to the wonderful essayists and to all of you who daily inspire us with your courage and vulnerability.

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