The doctor who stayed

Rick Hodes has devoted 30 years to bringing medical aid to patients in Africa.

March 4, 2015 17:38
Dr. Rick Hodes

Dr. Rick Hodes speaks in his Addis Ababa clinic to a group of Ethiopian families who are about to send their children to Ghana for spinal surgery. (photo credit: BERNARD DICHEK)

Mzungu come and mzungu go is a comment frequently heard in sub-Saharan Africa. Mzungu is the Bantu word for “white man,” and when Africans make this observation they could just as easily be referring to the colonialists who robbed them of their natural resources; the NGOs who provide food aid; or the medical missions that bring doctors for brief intervals.

But Rick Hodes has stayed.


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