A Biographical Blog

Nursing in the Hottest Place on Earth

My amazing mum was part of the British Red Cross Emergency Rescue team who went out to Ethiopia in 1974, during a terrible famine. Here she is in a ‘pop up’ clinic, in the middle of the Danakil desert (the hottest place on earth).  

Dandakil Desert, Ethiopia. July 1974

“That day we set up a clinic and I had measured out some gentian violet and then a dust storm blew up. You had to squat down and cover your head, I put a sharma (white shawl) over my head. You just had to wait it out. When the sandstorm blew away, a goat had drunk all of my gentian violet.”, Sister Elizabeth Caswell, July 1974.