Alan Burgess

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Daylight Must Come
‘The lorries screamed to a halt. The rebel “Simba” soldiers piled out seeking to mutilate and rape. To Dr Helen Roseveare and her colleagues at Ibambi Mission Station in a remote corner of Congo’s enormous rain forest, it meant the end of their work, and the beginning of a nightmare...’
This incredible epic is not just another Congo narrative of pillage, horror and war. The gentle humanity and faith, determination and humour of Helen Roseveare during her eighteen years as a missionary in the Congo shines through on every page of this enthralling book. Arriving in the Congo in 1953, she started her own hospital and medical centre from a disused leper colony, and set up clinics in lonely villages. During the crises of 1960 and 1964, she refused to leave the country, although many of her friends and colleagues had been brutally slaughtered: and then
suddenly it was too late The most astounding part of Helen Roseveare’s story is that, having endured terror, humiliation, rape and split-second escape from death, Helen Roseveare should, after a few months back home in England, choose to return to continue her work in the Congo. Today, the central station she founded, with its flying doctors, teaching school and operating theatres, is unique in Africa.
Alan Burgess
author of The Small Woman (subsequently filmed as The Inn of the Sixth Happiness) has written another moving, exciting and inspiring story of human triumph and faith.

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