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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The Bracelet
Lipstick in Afghanistan

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Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "When a Man Loves a Woman", "Somewhere" from West Side Story, "Memories" from Cats, "Time to Say Goodbye" and just about any Christmas song

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. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writer/ambassador for the UN

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing

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