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Noted: "On the ground in Africa"
November 30, 2011 by Kate Sands Adams
NEW YORK -
International Rescue Committee president George Rupp moderated a panel discussion, “Committed: On the Ground in Africa,” on Monday at the Princeton Club of New York.
The event was hosted by the Princeton in Africa fellowship program and featured personal accounts from journalists and aid workers including former IRC communications officer and Princeton in Africa fellow Emily Holland.
Emily is the co-author, with Agnes Kamara-Umunna, of “And Still Peace Did Not Come: A Memoir of Reconciliation.” The book chronicles the experiences of former child soldiers in Liberia and the woman who recorded their stories.
Emily described a trip with the IRC to Darfur, Sudan, where she met children so traumatized by war they drew only pictures of airplanes dropping bombs. After spending time in “child-friendly spaces” run by the IRC these children showed promising signs of recovery, she said.
“They were drawing flowers, bugs, houses – all the things that children draw.”
The other panelists were documentary filmmaker Michael Davie; Guinean radio journalist in exile Nasser Diallo; Femi Oke, senior editor and correspondent for WNYC’s The Takeaway; and Ben Skinner, author of “A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-day Slavery.”
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