To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity

To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity

To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity

To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity

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Shortly after my wife died in 2004, the first edition of this book was conceived as an exploration of some of the main activities of our shared lives. I selected articles, essays, book introductions, speeches and op-ed pieces that were originally published, if at all, in journals, magazines and texts, many long out of print; some were more than fifty years old. At first they just elicited memories, but gradually a coherence emerged – motivating purposes that defined our marriage.

On rereading them I discovered an almost eerie relevance to current national debates. In fact, many consider the very essence of our national soul and could, I then suggested, be read as prescient parables for the crises of the twenty-first century. Some essays consider the influences of youth and family, of lasting lessons learned at the kitchen table; others consider university and history, ethnicity and diplomacy, medicine, public health and politics. All were personal, and offered opinions and observations that bore witness to my obligation, as I saw it, as an international physician and humanitarian worker to expose, especially in our privileged nation, the sufferings and inequities experienced by the downtrodden masses of the world.

They were all influenced by the remarkable woman to whom this book, and my life, are dedicated. It was she who encouraged my enthusiasms and commitments, and then gave guidance on the journey, wherever it would lead us. She had very definite opinions on the inalienable rights of all human beings; she was willing to listen carefully to, and then gently influence, arguments at the very heart of foreign affairs and domestic health programs. Her unwavering support helped create the wonderful life we shared –a life of service and joy, of travel and discovery, a life where asylum seekers, dreamers, and failures found refuge in our home, and became family realities, as friends from around the world sought our help.

Nine years have passed since the first edition of this book. It has gone through multiple printings and been translated into French. I have now updated the text by, once again, selecting recent, hopefully, relevant, articles and speeches that reflect the continuity of an on-going journey of healing and solidarity.

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