THEIR SILENT MESSAGE by Elizabeth Bowne

THEIR SILENT MESSAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of Gift from the African Heart (1961) returns to the small Liberian village where her husband died in a plane crash ten years earlier to visit the dispensary for which she had raised money as a memorial. She questions here ""the look of deeper suffering"" observed in the eyes of native villagers. Is it due to political apathy? the thunder of an irrelevant Western religion? meager educational facilities? or the German nurse Sister Lena who proffers medical aid but not compassion? She talks with an American couple working with the mission staff; a native chief and former native acquaintances; the local pastor; etc. and finds only a partial answer in Sister Lena's relentless ""sacrifice"" and the offended dignity of the people. Only when the need for recognizing human values spreads, will the ""silent message"" be answered. . . . A journal with more than the implicit, inspirational appeal since it is also a sincere attempt to place Western ""aid"" to underdeveloped nations in perspective.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1968
Publisher: McGraw-Hill