After working sixteen years as a nurse in emergency rooms throughout the United States, Mary Lightfine uprooted her life and planted herself in the middle of Mogadishu, Somalia. This decision gave her a chance to feel what war, starvation and desperation was like from a perspective that changed her life forever. During the past fifteen years, she has lived and worked in over a dozen countries, including some of the most hellish spots on earth.
Mary was ambushed and shot at in Somalia, delivered babies in the jungles of Sri Lanka, and traveled by Jeep, foot and donkey in perilous Afghani Mountains full of land mines, to help isolated inhabitants. She brought food to remote villages by helicopter in Nicaragua, and to starving refugees in South Sudan following the destruction of their villages by government alliances. She was also one of the first to provide medical aid to Kosovar refugees, who had experienced unthinkable horrors.
Mary is the founder and president of Nurses Without Boundaries and Volunteers Without Boundaries, and is a seasoned veteran of the Nobel Prize-winning organization Doctors Without Borders. She is a pilot, and flies some of her own volunteer missions in a twin-engine Cessna Skymaster. Through her inspirational and compelling story, you will see the humor in humanity, and feel the tragedy of war. You will be educated, entertained, and discover how you can make a difference in your life and in the world around you.