This memoir recounts Penelope Curling’s experiences as a psychologist working for the United Nations. An interesting and valuable insight into a lived experience of love, life, and loss, all while working in some of the most challenging environments on earth.
3 Earthquakes, 1 Coup d'état and a Handful of Revolutions by Penelope Curling
3 Earthquakes, 1 Coup d’état and a Handful of Revolutions is a light account of the often ridiculous and sometimes alarming situations the author encounters while working as a psychologist with the United Nations.
Tracing the path from growing up in South Africa and as a young student opposed to the apartheid regime in the 1970s, her subsequent work takes her to a string of humanitarian crises, starting in Albania in 1999 where she meets and falls in love with a younger man, a coup d’état in Madagascar in 2009, the 2010 revolution in Thailand and to places off the beaten tourist track such as Liberia, Haiti, Syria, and Darfur.
The tales of her extraordinary experiences and those of the humanitarian workers she encounters in these challenging contexts reveal the impact of this work on their lives and the toll it takes, highlighting the shortcomings in their protection and care.