Three years ago, Emily Wilkens flew into the unknowns of Chad, hopped on a motorcycle and found her destination amidst the desert flats in the village of Bere. This month, she holds in her hands a hot-off-the-press copy of her very own book, “African Rice Heart,” a compilation of prayers, letters to friends, journal entries, poems, and blog entries from her time in Chad.
Wilkens, a 2010 health science graduate of Walla Walla Univeristy, spent six months working as a nurse in the hospital in Bere and living with a family of nineteen.
“However, let’s remember that I’m not a nurse,” says Wilkens. “I had done some phlebotomy training at the community college in Walla Walla, and had some training in medical assisting, but even so, the hospital was a very stressful place for me. Even a hard place for me.”
The book contains over 80 short chapters, each introducing different aspects of READ MORE