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A Writer Writes: Value of Life by Susan E. Greisen (Liberia)

A Writer Writes: Value of Life by Susan E. Greisen (Liberia)

A Writer Writes    Value of Life by Susan E. Greisen (Liberia 1971-73; Tonga 1973-74)   Scaling a thirty-foot tree for palm nuts with bare feet, using a belt fashioned out of a vine, could lead to disaster. The men and boys who managed the task were quite skilled, and equipment failure was rare. But I cringed at the news when I learned of a farmer who had fallen out of a palm tree and sustained a severe injury. Peter, the health assistant from our small clinic, and I, a Peace Corps health volunteer, were summoned to his home. Walking thirty minutes to his village, we found Abdou lying flat in his round thatched hut. This soft-spoken father of four — ages two, three, five, and seven — had two wives, one pregnant. His supportive family was willing to do whatever was necessary to help him. After quickly assessing the . . .

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