Volunteer Shares Stories of Women in War-Torn Sudan

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FOR six months, Lennox Head midwife Anna Dicker worked in a make-shift hospital in one of the most dangerous parts of the world a war-torn Darfur in Sudan.

She was a volunteer with humanitarian organisation MA[c]decins Sans FrontiA[umlaut]res a Doctors Without Borders.

Today, Ms Dicker will tell her story a and the stories of those she helped a at Lennox Head's International Wom-en's Day lunch.

aI have always wanted to do humanitarian work,a she said.

aSuddenly, in 2007, the timing was good, so I signed up and went to Darfur for six months.

aIt was not what I expected, but I never felt in danger.

aWe set up a hospital which treated about 300 outpatients a day. It was only basic care because we had no electricity.

aWe dealt a lot with malnutrition.

aAfter being there three months I decided I wanted to hear the stories of these people.

aThere was a surprising amount of normality a people cooking, collecting water, having babies a yet there was this incredible violence on the perimeter. …