Roberta Gately

A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written extensively on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, as well as a series of articles for the BBC Worlds News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world’s refugees and displaced. 

Books by this Author

The Bracelet
Lipstick in Afghanistan


Author Revealed

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Jelly beans or cheeseburgers - can't decide

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Sense of humor, integrity, and ability to persevere

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness doesn't have to be perfect.  I am happiest working long days with refugees but at the end of those days, I am often hot, sweaty, tired and desperate for a bubble bath.  There are no bubble baths in third world refugee settings so I settle for waiting till I get home.  That's real happiness - finding it in the moment and accepting what you have.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writer/ambassador for the UN