In Their Own Words :: Rigoberto Gonzalez Ruiz
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Anesthesiologist, served in Pakistan
worked at the Northwest border in Pakistan. The first hospital we set
up was in the territory of the Pashtun, an ethnic group of Islam, where
any wrong doing must be met with revenge. At first, we had difficulty
getting them to come to the hospital. But little by little, we got to
know their customs and they came. Cuban women did the field work to
places 1500 meters up in the mountains, especially to work with the
pregnant women and children. The most difficult moment was when we
left—they cried and tore their clothes. First they prayed that we
wouldn't leave. Then, that we would arrive back in Cuba safely. They
told us that our work would stay in their hearts forever.
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