Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: africa

Caring for the sick – A life worth living – Part 37

Schweitzer created a hospital village as well as a leper village. By the mid-1960’s more than 100,000 patients had been treated since its founding in 1913. In the 1960’s it was housing 500 patients and their relatives at a time. Before this, people had to depend on fetishes and superstitions. When new patients arrived, they […]


Founding the hospital – A life worth living – Part 35

In 1913, the Schweitzers prepared to travel to Lambarènè, on the Ogowe River in what was then French Equatorial Africa. Here they founded their hospital at a station set up by the Paris Missionary Society. This area is now part of the independent West African republic of Gabon. But first, they needed to do a […]


Albert Schweitzer – A life worth living – Part 33

ALBERT SCHWEITZER (1875-1965) Now for something completely different. A man who served to overcome needs in a remote area of the world.  Albert Schweitzer was an Alsatian-German religious philosopher, musicologist and medical missionary in Africa. He was especially known for founding the Albert Schweitzer Hospital which provided much needed care for the natives of Gabon […]


The Transatlantic Slave Trade (1640 – 1807) – A life worth living, Part 8

  Roughly between the years 1640 and 1807, at least 12 million African people were enslaved and taken to the Americas, and at least a third of them were taken in British ships. It is estimated that Britain transported 3.1 million Africans to the British colonies in the Caribbean, North and South America and to […]


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