‘Shamwana,’ a midwife’s tale

Jan 25, 2013
Linda Robinson is pictured in Africa.

Camden — Linda Robinson of Bar Harbor is a nurse midwife who has worked in Samoa, Malawi, and, most recently, in the Congo for Doctors Without Borders. She has written a book, “Sunday Morning, Shamwana: A Midwife’s Letters from the Field,” and will speak about her experiences Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library. Her talk is part of the Community Events of the Camden Conference and is free and open to all.

American nurse-midwife Robinson spent a year working in Shamwana, a small remote village deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sent to Africa by Doctors Without Borders, she found herself in a community traumatized by a decade of war and famine. The bleak landscape, once teeming with animals and vegetation, had been stripped bare by people desperate to survive.

As she worked to care for women and their families, Robinson came to know their extraordinary suffering and their equally extraordinary strength. Her letters home each Sunday morning, written to make sense of the overwhelming challenges she was facing, provide a loving picture of the people who both inspired and depended on her.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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