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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 1999-2000

Liisa K. Hyvarinen

Tampa, FL

Topic: Suicide causes, and prevention and support resources

Published Work:

Women and Children First
"My baby reminds me of bad things but I love her. She is all I have." Olive Uwera, who lives in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, says she thinks women who are raped in the United States are lucky because usually they don't get AIDS and can still have more children.

One of the Hunted: Journalist Member of Persecuted Tutsis Survives Danger to Continue Reporting on Rwandan Atrocities.
'Every time I go to the memorial sites and see the skulls, I can't help myself. Every time I look at them, I cry because I remember my daughter, who was killed during the genocide. So maybe her skull is somewhere, but I don't know where.'

Journal: Rwanda Eight Years Later
During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that left an estimated one million people dead and some 250,000 women raped and mutilated as part of the systematic effort to destroy Rwanda's ethnic Tutsi minority, I was a TV news producer in transition switching from one job to the next between Tennessee and South Carolina.

Providing Hope on the Subject of Depression and Suicide: A Documentary Filmmaker's Personal Journey

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