Letters From the Land of Fear

By Calvin White

Letters From the Land of Fear
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For 11 months Calvin White worked for Doctors Without Borders as a mental health specialist in the off-the-radar region of Karakalpakstan in western Uzbekistan. Unlike the higher profile emergency situations which draw that international humanitarian organization's attention, ... Read more


Overview

For 11 months Calvin White worked for Doctors Without Borders as a mental health specialist in the off-the-radar region of Karakalpakstan in western Uzbekistan. Unlike the higher profile emergency situations which draw that international humanitarian organization's attention, the milieu for White's mission was the quiet, slow death in an epidemic of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. As White's forward says: "This is a small story about small people written by a small person so maybe there is no interest in it. On the other hand, since most of us on the planet are also small, maybe there is. " White takes the reader inside the daily heartbeat of humans we've never heard of but come to see as sharing the same pulse. It is a remarkable journey of intimacy and hope, one that reconfigures our understanding of sadness and, ultimately, reaffirms the common spirit of humanity.

Calvin White

Calvin White has worked as a high school mental health counselor for thirty years. A prolific writer, his previous works include the non-fiction titles The Secret Life of Teenagers and Letters from the Land of Fear as well as the poetry collections The Bodies and Other Political Poems and We Run Faster with the Deer. He lives in Salmon Arm, B.C.

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