Bring ARC Into Your Book Club

Read ARC's first book,
"We Shared the Peeled Orange"

We Shared the Peeled Orange: The Letters of Papa Louis from the Thai-Cambodian Border Refugee Camps, 1981-1993

Copies of the book can be purchased online from Itasca Books.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ARC.

Dr. Louis Braile, who came to be known as "Papa Louis," was a volunteer physician, mentor, and teacher among Khmer refugees on the Thai-Cambodian border from 1981-1993. At the age of 59 he began his first of a dozen voluntary missions for the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee. He saved many lives and trained many Khmer medics, some who still work in healthcare in Cambodia today. Dr. Braile died in 2002.

The chapters of this book describe the challenges and joys, the beauty and the pain, of each of Dr. Braile's tours of duty. From his heartfelt words, the reader will gain insight into the sometimes overwhelming experience of volunteering on the front lines of a humanitarian emergency.

"Anyone who has an interest in international relief work will find the book to be a moving, personal account of the struggle to save lives against so many odds," says Hugh Parmer, President of the American Refugee Committee.

Praise for “We Shared the Peeled Orange…”

“This book got it right...It was nice to look through Papa’s eyes and see how he saw us… I don't know anyone who has ever come close to what he had done. He is one of the reasons why I have strength to go on everyday, because I always believe that there are good people like him……I thank ARC for publishing this book…We haven’t yet found the universal form of reaching the small open corner in every human heart, but we must keep trying. I hope ARC never gives up.”

                                            - Chann Noun, survived the Khmer Rouge
                                              regime in Cambodia and knew Papa
                                              Louis at Nong Samet and KID refugee

“We Shared the Peeled Orange is a testament to the critical role humanitarian workers play in creating a more humane world. Humanitarian workers serve as some of this country’s best ambassadors to those in need.   This memorable book brings the courageous work of one of these humanitarian workers to light.”

                                              - Walter F. Mondale, Former Vice
                                                 President of the United States

“After Pol Pot’s reign of genocide in Cambodia and the invasion of the Vietnamese in the 1970s, many Cambodians fled Thailand with little more than the clothes on their backs.  Moved by their plight...Braile left his home and Washington state practice to work as a in Cambodian refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border from 1983-1991.  Braile’s letters home to his wife, collected here, provide day-to-day snapshots of his life, showing what it meant to be a Western doctor confronting the atrocities of human conflict as well as rejoicing in the courage and hope of the Cambodian people....Braile has a writer’s eye for description, whether he’s relating the terrible injuries of a land mine victim or the surprise of a lizard popping out of the toaster.”

Publishers Weekly

For more information on We Shared the Peeled Orange, please contact Therese Gales at 612-607-6494 or email

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