Sun, Jul 18, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan no stranger to foreign aid work

TAIWAN'S `MISSIONARIES' Since the 1960s, aid workers have been rolling up their sleeves to help the needy in those countries diplomatically allied with Taiwan

By Melody Chen  /  STAFF REPORTER

"My patients' gratitude for me is my great reward," he added.

Chen befriended many local politicians during his, as many of them were his patients.

Last November, Chen returned to Guinea Bissau to see his old friends.

As he arrived at the small city he used to call home, he said almost the entire city came out to welcome him.

"One of them told me they felt part of the country's soul was lost after our medical team left," he said.

Chen is now back in Taiwan and is learning to speak French to prepare for a possible deployment to French-speaking Chad.

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