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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2006-2007

Jimmie Briggs
Freelance Journalist
New York, N.Y., USA

TOPIC: Explore the psychosocial impact of gender-based violence on female survivors of war living in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Killing Fields
The Democratic Republic of Congo, beset with atrocities during a long civil uprising, offers a grave example of an often overlooked war crime: the rampant spread of HIV through sexual violence and rape.

Katrina's Outskirts
The year Hurricane Katrina hit, 2005, saw three of the strongest storms ever recorded in the United States: Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. The weakest of the three, Katrina, had the most damaging impact, causing $80 billion in damage over an area the size of the United Kingdom.

A Look at the Walking Wounded
Most often associated with veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder is increasingly prevalent in our communities, as residents-particularly youth-struggle to cope with violence

In the Crosshairs
Homicide is the leading cause of death for black men ages 15 to 34. What can families and communities do? A national Real Health roundtable

The Wars Women Fight
In a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, journalist Jimmie Briggs listens via translator to a young woman describe being raped by soldiers. Briggs, an unlikely confidant as both a man and an American, is so devastated by her account he cannot continue taking notes. He begins to weep and offers to end the interview. The woman, "Madeline," refuses.

Covering the Legacy of War (link no longer available)
"Covering the Legacy of War," with Jimmie Briggs. Presented by the Nonfiction Writing Program, Brown University Department of English and made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund. The event is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department and Rites and Reason Theatre, the Watson Institute for International Studies and the Third World Center.

Congo Women Confide Painful Reality to Follow
In a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, journalist Jimmie Briggs listens via translator to a young woman describe being raped by soldiers. Briggs, an unlikely confidant as both a man and an American, is so devastated by her account he cannot continue taking notes. He begins to weep and offers to end the interview. The woman, "Madeline," refuses.

Zuma's Africa Faces Struggle Against Rape
In the wake of Jacob Zuma's election last week as head of the African National Congress, Jimmie Briggs raises the troubling reminder of his rape trial and acquittal in 2006. Social liberation, he says, must extend to African women.

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