Somaliland: War, poverty and disaster through the eyes of a Red Cross doctor


Somalilandsun – A doctor who worked for the Red Cross in war zones and disaster hit areas across the world has given a rare insight into his 35 year career saving lives in a new book.

Frank Ryding has travelled the globe for aid organisation, spending time in Cambodia during the ‘Killing Field’ era where more than a million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge, and helping victims of civil wars in Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan.

He was also sent to the aftermath of the Kashmir earthquake in 2005, in the foothills of the Himalayas, that killed more than 80,000 people.

Now his work has been documented in his book, ‘Memoirs of a Red Cross Doctor: Better to Light a Candle’ which feature incredible images that paint a picture of his life.

Dr Frank Ryding with armed guards outside a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1991

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