Monday, May 13, 2019

AC360 presents non-profit to teach conflict journalists to give first aid, founded by Sebastian Junger

Tonight Anderson Cooper, on AC360, spoke to author and journalist Sebastian Junger on a new non-profit he had founded, RISC, or Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, as in this summary story.

The cause is inspired by the death of journalist Tim Hetherington, who had worked with Sebastian Junger filming Restrepo in Afghanistan (Moves, July 10, 2010). Hetherington was killed in Libya in 2011 filming the fall of Gafaddi during the Arab Spring when a mortar landed near him and exploded. The shrapnel severed his femoral artery and he bled to death, with his colleagues not knowing how to save him, or knowing military first aid.

I will check soon if it is possible to donate on Facebook (or do a fundraiser for it).  I generally do most of my giving privately except for causes that are closer to what I do myself or would do, but this one hits closer home.

The two links are this for the organization, and Sebastian Junger’s.     His book “Tribe” is reviewed by me here. I met him in 1998 at a book signing in Minneapolis for "A Perfect Storm". 

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