Australia’s Mother Teresa

– Kate Benson – The Sydney Morning Herald – March 28, 2007

Fifty years hard labour … Catherine Hamlin hopes her midwife-in-every-village project will inspire someone like Microsoft founder Bill Gates to step in and flood Africa with midwives.
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After a lifetime devoted to Ethiopia’s social outcasts, the fistula women, Catherine Hamlin is close to realising her dream to put a midwife in every village. Kate Benson reports.

Catherine Hamlin has been dubbed “the new Mother Teresa of our age” and “the angel of Ethiopia”, but speak to her sister and there’s a stifled giggle as memories come flooding back. “Let’s just say she was not what you’d call a placid child,” Ailsa Pottie says of their childhood in Ryde. . .

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