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  • Sorry, I am a feminist but I have to say it.....we simply can't FAIRLY have it all....

    I well recall seeing on the ABC all of the incidents written about & seeing vision of the author set against the backdrop of the stories of political instability, violence, natural disaster & devastation. I would admire the choices women correspondents must have to make regarding their personal lives in choosing to work in dangerous & uncertain environments with all the associated trauma & privations it would bring. It never occurred to me that choices would be made to bring babies smack-bang into those worlds, imposing equally difficult, unstable, traumatic lives on them during their early formative years, especially if there is a partner with a similarly irregular job also taking him/her away from the children often at the same time as the correspondent. In the Acknowledgements the author thanks her 2 tiny tots, having tried IVF for a third whilst still on assignment, for "...giving her the freedom to pursue [her] dreams"! Back home with the 4 year assignment over the author ends the book with  "...My phone rings. It's 'Foreign Correspondent'. Am I available? Of course I am. Where to?".  We all had a go at being children. Once born it's our child's turn. With the author's oldest child already 7, rootless, & starting out life back 'home' I ask at what price to whom & for how long an adult's dream? As a child of WW2 ex-pats where there was no choice & where my sisters & I were never put in harm's way I can say from experience that the ramifications are permanent & real.

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