“Lost at Sea” reads the listing for William Palfrey, the earliest member of the Foreign Service to die while abroad in 1780. Other causes of death include all sorts of ailments, such as malaria and yellow fever; murder; earthquakes; hurricanes; burned or drowned while trying to save a life; landmines; plane crashes; and even exhaustion. There are also the political deaths: “Assassinated by Uruguayan Rebels;” “Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists;” “Killed in Bombing of Embassy.”
The AFSA Memorial Plaque has always held a morbid fascination for me, mostly because I could read the names and these two- or three-word obituaries and construct in my head entire Graham Greene novels from them. But, today I am waking up to realize these lives lost are not part of fiction. They are very real. And the AFSA Plaque exists to underline the very real dangers of Foreign Service life. (via The Dangers of the Foreign Service | Miss Adventures)

“Lost at Sea” reads the listing for William Palfrey, the earliest member of the Foreign Service to die while abroad in 1780. Other causes of death include all sorts of ailments, such as malaria and yellow fever; murder; earthquakes; hurricanes; burned or drowned while trying to save a life; landmines; plane crashes; and even exhaustion. There are also the political deaths: “Assassinated by Uruguayan Rebels;” “Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists;” “Killed in Bombing of Embassy.”

The AFSA Memorial Plaque has always held a morbid fascination for me, mostly because I could read the names and these two- or three-word obituaries and construct in my head entire Graham Greene novels from them. But, today I am waking up to realize these lives lost are not part of fiction. They are very real. And the AFSA Plaque exists to underline the very real dangers of Foreign Service life. (via The Dangers of the Foreign Service | Miss Adventures)

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