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Genres: True crime
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States
Imprint: Joanna Cotler Books
Published: 31st May 1979
Dimensions: w 120mm h 180mm
ISBN-10: 0060619767
ISBN-13: 9780060619763
Barcode No: 9780060619763

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The Dortzbachs were a young missionary couple attached to a hospital in Eritrea, a northern province of Ethiopia. This is the story of the ordeal of pregnant Debbie, kidnapped for money and medical supplies (with another nurse who was killed "by mistake"), by the guerrilla Eritrean Liberation Front, working since 1962 to gain independence for their province. Alternating chapters are narrated by Karl who details the labyrinthine negotiations for Debbie's release - conducted through intermediaries of various political and social allegiances. Karl's story and Debbie's observations concerning the terrain and her generally kind and polite captors and natives are not without interest. But like so many accounts by Fundamentalist missionaries, there is that primary emphasis on personal salvation which has the effect of crowding out respect for other human mores - and simple civility. Debbie remarks on a pious statement by the E.L.F.: "The men unquestionably respected God, but what did they know of His love?"; and in the next sentence she notes the "fulfillment of that love" demonstrated by provisions for Debbie (which the E.L.F. had allowed in), including a chocolate bar - she kept it all to herself. Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matt. 7:1) (Kirkus Reviews)