Doctors Without Borders nurse to speak at Lyceum Lecture Series

Mary Lightfine

Mary Lightfine, a nurse who has spent years bringing critical medical and humanitarian  assistance to some of the most dangerous, war-torn regions on the globe, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the VISD Fine Arts Center. Lightfine is the last of four speakers brought to Victoria as a part of Victoria College’s 2012-13 Lyceum Lecture Series.

Her lecture, titled “Nurse Without Boundaries,” is free and open to the public.

After working 16 years in emergency rooms throughout the United States, Lightfine, a nurse, pilot and self-professed adrenaline junkie, moved to Mogadishu, Somalia to experience what war, starvation and desperation were like from a completely different perspective.

During the past 12 years, she lived and worked in more than a dozen countries, including some of the most hellish spots on earth. According to her website, she 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. Lightfine also brought food to remote villages by helicopter in Nicaragua and Louisiana after hurricanes and to starving refugees in South Sudan following the destruction of their villages.

She is a seasoned veteran of the Nobel Prize-winning organization, Doctors Without Borders, and is also the founder and president of Volunteers Without Boundaries.

Lightfine’s book, “Nurses, Nomads, and Warlords,” is available at the Victoria College Bookstore. She will be signing books at the lecture.

Published: Friday, 05 April 2013

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