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Red Lights and Green Lizards

Cambodian Adventure

Illustrated by Bob Gibson, etc.
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wayfarer, Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Published: 24th Nov 1998
Dimensions: w 130mm h 193mm
ISBN-10: 0953401200
ISBN-13: 9780953401208
Barcode No: 9780953401208

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Anderson and her husband, Tim, retired doctors both, went to Cambodia in 1991, with Voluntary Service Overseas. Cambodia had just begun to allow westerners into the country again, after years living under the terror of Pol Pot's regime, and needed foreign medical expertise. Tim, as an obstretrician, had a job already, although it was not at all clear what Liz would be doing but, nothing daunted, they threw themselves into preparations with great enthusiasm. Nothing, however, can prepare one for the strangeness of Cambodia, from the complex politics to the terrible poverty. This was particularly obvious in the hospitals where the Andersons worked, with doctors and nurses working in dreadful conditions and lacking basic equipment. And yet, the Cambodians seemed to face the problems with the most remarkable equanimity, and Anderson quickly found herself falling in love with this strange country, becoming determined to do what she could. As it happened, she was to play a significant role in the development of AIDS education in the country, once it became obvious that this was becoming a problem, and finally found herself working with the World Health Organization, as well as conducting clinics in brothels. Anderson's enthusiasm for Cambodia and its people shines through every page of this book. What it lacks in polish at times is more than made up for by her obvious delight in the place and her tremendous concern with its problems, plus her ability to get to grips with the complexities of Cambodian politics. One emerges from the book with a much stronger understanding of life in Cambodia. (Kirkus UK)