A Memoir—Delivering Health Care in Cambodian Refugee Camps, 1979–1980

An American Nurse’s Experiences that Launched Her into a Twenty-Five-Year Career in International Health

by Charlotte J. Knaub

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/19/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781452519340
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Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781452519357
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781452519364

About the Book

People would rather forget. The years of United States involvement in Southeast Asia, the Viet Nam years, ended for most Americans in 1975. For the Cambodian people, whose history seems an endless succession of wars, occupations, and sufferings, 1975 marked the beginning of an era of terror unknown in previous times.

Khmer Rouge soldiers overthrew the corrupt regime of Lon Noi. Literally overnight, whole populations of Cambodian cities were ordered to move to the countryside, under the ruse that America was going to bomb them. The Khmer Rouge tortured and starved the people. Death from disease, malnutrition, and execution were rampant in what became known as the killing fields.

When the horrors of Pol Pot and his regime were followed by the Vietnamese invasion, thousands of surviving Khmers, rather than live under the rule of their traditional enemies, fled and crossed Thailand’s borders.

In 1979, Charlotte J. Knaub was a public health nursing consultant with the Montana State Department of Health when she was offered a three-month contract to work in Thailand’s refugee camps. As she became aware that the relief operations reflected the unique opportunity for people around the world to join together in relieving the suffering and meeting the desperate needs of the Cambodian refugees, she determined to remain a part of it. Her three-month assignment was extended to thirteen months. This is a memoir of those life-changing events.

About the Author

CHARLOTTE J.KNAUB was born, raised, and educated in Montana. She worked as a public health nursing consultant in Montana, which led her to a twenty-five-year career in fifty-seven countries in international heath with the International Refugee Committee, the World Council of Churches, and the World Health Organization.