"When I first started, I had no idea what I was getting myself into," Brasher tells them. "Every person who joins MSF as a volunteer has different motivations. I think some people do it just to run away from where they're from -- that's certainly my reason."
What else drives these brave men and women to abandon their often comfortable lives to risk it all helping out in some of the most dangerous places on the planet?
On Dec. 14, I will be hosting a live event in New York on behalf of MSF featuring a screening of the already acclaimed documentary "Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders" followed by a panel discussion. The film will be shown in New York City at New York University's Skirball Center and broadcast live via satellite to 400 movie theaters across the country. Following the screening, I will host a discussion (also being broadcast live) with two of the doctors from the film, American surgeon Tom Krueger and Australian anesthesiologist Chris Brasher.
Also joining the conversation is author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Sebastian Junger; the executive director of the U.S. section of MSF, Sophie Delaunay; and the Liberian Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale.
The screening beings at 7:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 14, 2009.
To find a theater near you that will be showing the film and panel discussion, click here.
The documentary shines a light on the tireless and often thankless work MSF is doing in regions of the world too dangerous for most other organizations. I urge you to take a look at the list of theaters, find a location near you, and check out the film and accompanying panel discussion. It is sure to be a thought-provoking evening.
For more information on "Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders" or MSF, click here.