Sweet Teeth and Loose Bowels
A light-hearted look at life by International Aid Worker Dr. Michael S. Gerber
[ClickPress, Tue May 15 2007] Sweet Teeth and Loose Bowels takes a critical but humourous look at the overseas aid industry.
Against a backdrop set in countries such as Somalia and Ethiopia, it is packed with humourous and sceptical accounts of topics including life as a ‘do-gooder’ in the Peace Corps, corruption, debt relief, African governments, refugees, transportation, food and the disparities between extreme wealth and poverty.
In the 1970’s Dr Michael S Gerber was selected to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer, living in the Philippines with his wife and three young sons and surviving on £110 a month. Twenty-eight years later, having lived and worked in many of the poorest countries in Africa and Asia, he retired as Director General of the Kenya-based African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) – the largest non-governmental health organisation on the African Continent. It also operates the world famous Flying Doctors.
One morning, on the outskirts of Nairobi, a Kenyan policeman stopped a driver at the side of the road. “Sir, you have committed a crime. When you passed that lorry, your vehicle crossed a solid white line.” The road in question was a single carriageway full of pot holes, with no markings on it, white or otherwise. The poorly paid police would receive wages at the end of the month, if at all. Invisible white lines were a good way to shake down motorists for extra cash. One should have known better than to cross an invisible white line, as the month was coming to a close.
About the Author: Since 1968, Dr Michael S Gerber has been involved in some of the least developed countries around the world. Now retired, he donates his time as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), a non-governmental organisation working in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The institute will also recieve the profits from the sale of his book. He lives in Portugal with his wife.
PUBLICATION DATE 9th May 2007
ISBN: 978-1-905886-46-3 Price: £8.99