He contracted malaria 19 times, and he had a kidney removed while nearly succumbing to Black Water Fever
. Eight years ago, he almost died when two blood clots "exploded" in his heart.
In a section filled with structural repetition, there are memorable lines such as "We built our home in each other's joy" and "Between us a coast survives." In "Earth, Oil, and Water Fever
," on the Niger Delta environment, the poet says, "Tomorrow's tears are today's fears." In this environmentally conscious poem, the poet exposes the harm that oil companies are doing to the local communities.
There were lots of poisonous snakes and pythons and terrible diseases like black water fever
, malaria and jungle sores.
We solemnly remember Eugene Francis Sullivan Jr., a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development from 1957 until his untimely death from black water fever
, a complication of malaria on January 21, 1972, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.