Bridge Across My Sorrows
Christina Noble's story is one of bravery and resilience in the face of deprivation and abuse on a scale that most would find unimaginable.
Her childhood in the Dublin slums barely merits the name: after the early death of her mother, her family was split apart, her father unable to care for his children. Christina suffered many forms of abuse and later escaped from an orphanage to live in poverty on the streets of Dublin. Later in her life, Christina found in a dream the will to fight. Christina's hope lay in a determination to work among the bui doi, the street children of Vietnam, and this was the starting point for the most extraordinary part of her story. Within two years of arriving in Ho Chi Minh City she had opened a medical and social centre and achieved worldwide fame.
In 1989, driven by a dream and the memory of her own past, Christina Noble travelled 6,000 miles to Vietnam, a country of great beauty where the terrible legacy of war is still being felt. Against extraordinary odds she opened the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, providing medical aid and schooling. Through this Foundation the street children could find safety and new beginnings under the protection of 'Mama Tina'.
In this vivid and moving book Christina's story continues with the amazing tale of what she and her foundation have achieved. She takes us from the streets of Saigon to the children's prisons of Mongolia. Finally she returns to Dublin where she is greeted by the president of Ireland herself.
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