Roberta Gately

A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written extensively on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, as well as a series of articles for the BBC Worlds News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world’s refugees and displaced.
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A Story in Lipstick

The story of a nurse in a foreign land, told in lipstick sketched on a sidewalk.

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Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness doesn't have to be perfect.  I am happiest working long days with refugees but at the end of those days, I am often hot, sweaty, tired and desperate for a bubble bath.  There are no bubble baths in third world refugee settings so I settle for waiting till I get home.  That's real happiness - finding it in the moment and accepting what you have.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'd still be myself - only better

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Sense of humor, integrity, and ability to persevere

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