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Maureen Mayhew

Hand On My Heart

Title: Hand On My Heart
Sub Title: A Canadian Doctor's Awaking in Afghanistan
Episode: P062
START: June 12, 2023
ENDS: June 25, 2023
Length: 43' mins
Host/Producer: Carole Harmon
“Some people travel to the ends of the Earth to help others. Dr. Maureen Mayhew is one such person, a fearless humanitarian who takes readers on an adventure to the outermost reaches of Afghanistan in her beautifully written and searingly honest memoir."

Roberta Staley, author of Voice of Rebellion: How Mozhdah Jamalzadah Brought Hope to Afghanistan

In 2000, Dr. Maureen Mayhew reluctantly accepted her first posting with Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), to Taliban occupied Afghanistan.

Over the next ten years Maureen returned, over and over, with MSF, and later with other Aid groups, to what she describes as a country with a medieval culture in all but the most populated cities. Learning to speak the local Pashto language, unusual for an aid worker, opened doors for Maureen, as she grew to know and love the country and its people. Her experiences led to a profound questioning of her own life and values.

Hand on my Heart was published by Caitlin Press in January 2023. It is widely available through Canadian bookstores, libraries, and online book sellers.