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Dr. and Mrs. Donald Baker

For twenty-eight years Dr. Donald Baker and his wife Lelia healed and schooled the tribal people far up a tributary of the Congo River in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). When they first arrived at their mission post, Mondombe, in 1932, the people knew little of Western ways and knowledge, but many were eager to learn. They knew little about what made them ill, but they sorely needed Western medicine to cure their tropical diseases and large ulcers.

The Bakers’ daughter Margaret was born at Mondombe and lived there for fifteen years. Her book And We Ate the Leopard chronicles the adventurous experiences of her family by drawing on her memories and four hundred letters written by her parents. At the time of independence, when order broke down, Don and Lelia were evacuated by the U.S. Air Force.

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