Jean-Christophe RUFIN

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Author, Physician, Ambassador, Diplomat, Civil servant

FrenchBorn Jean-Christophe RUFIN

French doctor, diplomat, historian, globetrotter and novelist

Born on June 28, 1952 in Bourges , France (69 years)

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He is the president of Action Against Hunger, one of the earliest members of Médecins Sans Frontières, and a member of the Académie française.

An only child, he was raised by his grandparents as his father had left the family and his mother worked in Paris. His grandfather, a doctor and member of the French Resistance during World War II had been imprisoned for two years at Buchenwald.


In 1977, after medical school, Rufin went to Tunisia as a volunteer doctor. He led his first humanitarian mission in Eritrea, where he met Azeb, who became his second wife.

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