After the Killing Fields
Posted By Douglas Gloin
Barry's Bay This Week: Tim Coulas was scarcely two months into a new job in Cambodia last fall when fate, arriving in the form of an errant Thai taxi, landed him in hospital with severe injuries.
About three weeks ago, after nearly seven months of recovery from multiple leg fractures and a separated shoulder caused when the cab struck him on a Bangkok street, he returned to the work he loves in a land he was just getting to know.
Coulas, who was staying at his parents’ home outside Combermere, is a land surveyor who has worked on international aid and development projects in several countries that have undergone major trauma, be it political upheaval, war or natural disaster. He started doing overseas work about 12 years ago, conducting land surveys after the turmoil that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. He spent about six months in Russia and about 1½ years in Ukraine. Coulas also worked in Moldova, and Rajistan, India before returning to Canada for several years.
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