Dame Claire Bertschinger
Kirsty Young talks to nurse and humanitarian Dame Claire Bertschinger.
Kirsty Young's castaway is the nurse & humanitarian Dame Claire Bertschinger.
She's worked for The Red Cross in over a dozen countries including Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Liberia amid the sort of raw human suffering that most of us find - even on the TV - almost unbearable to witness. It was through Michael Buerk's landmark news reports of the Ethiopian famine 30 years ago that she first grabbed our attention. We saw her as a young nurse surrounded by thousands of starving people and forced, daily, to make the truly terrible decision of choosing who to feed.
Throughout the years she's won numerous plaudits and awards: her Florence Nightingale Medal is given "to honour those "who've distinguished themselves in times of war by exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled."
She says, "I don't live just to eat and sleep and get money to have a nice house ... I have to create value - I have to do something in life."
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini
- 1960 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 9 Part 2: CD2.
- Digimode Entertainment Ltd.
Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- The song of Hiawatha.
William Thomas Orchestra (Recorded in 1916)
The Rose of No Man's Land
- The Rose of No Mans Land.
The Green Eye of the Yellow God
- The Stagedoor Keeper.
The Theme from the film Out of Africa
- Out of Africa: Soundtrack.
If by Rudyard Kipling
- Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund: A Dedication.
SGI choir & Peter Osborn
Dare to Believe
- Glorious Life.
Call Me Al
- Warner Bros.
A book of monologues
Swiss Army pen knife
|Interviewed Guest||Claire Bertschinger|
- Sun 23 Mar 2014 11:15
- Fri 28 Mar 2014 09:00