Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War


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Experience the front lines in a war against a killer virus, and at the same time, the dismantling of romanticized ideas of a life in international service.

Join me first in a country that was always in the news and then in one that should have been. The first, Nigeria. The heartbreaking images of starving Biafran babies were seen around the globe. The second, Equatorial Guinea, was in the vise of a bloodthirsty dictator. The world didn’t even know the place existed.

I kept cryptic notes and hid them in the sock drawer. I now reveal a story parts of which were previously spirited to the outside world only by diplomatic pouch.

Through the ages, diseases have often influenced power and politics. In the end, the author learns that world powers often use disease fighters to do the same.

Watch for the first-person history, working title: VACCINES & BAYONETS: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War.


Right here. While waiting for the book’s release, you can glimpse the humor and horror of a true story that few have heard as you explore the pages of this website. You may even discover that VACCINES & BAYONETS reverberates in today’s news. Read excerpts. And Read my articles. Or book me to speak.


“Bee Bloeser’s story reads like a political thriller, women’s history, and African adventure rolled into one….she brings insight and humor to a dark tale of disease, corruption and genocide that unfolds around her, her husband, and their two small children. Riveting.” Pamela Alexander, Pulitzer Prize-nominee.


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