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Volunteering in Bosnia September 2011, Part 4

By Sheri Rosenfeld, LICSW, LCSW-C Day 6: Srebrenica Of all the days in this journey, this 12-hour period of time on the last day was the most memorable, disturbing, life changing, and eye opening.  Our day began with a 3-hour treacherous drive through the beautiful mountain sides of Bosnia.  Our goal was to reach Srebrenica …

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Volunteering in Bosnia, September 2011, Part 3

by Sheri Rosenfeld, LICSW, LCSW-C Day 3: Zenica I want to start with this picture: In the morning we were driven to the WFW headquarters where we learned more about the war and what led to it, what it was like for the Bosnian Muslim population, and which tools of terror were used against the …

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Volunteering in Bosnia, September 2011, Part 2

by Sheri Rosenfeld, LICSW, LCSW-C Day 2: Sarajevo, evening Tonight our whole group finally came together with the six Bosnian heads of the WFW organization.  My preconceived notion of the Muslim Bosnian women was immediately challenged as I sat next to women who appear to be Muslim by affiliation but who are secular, blond and …

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Volunteering in Bosnia, September 2011, Part 1

by Sheri Rosenfeld, LICSW, LCSW-C Day 1: Sarajevo After a long day and night and day of travel, I have finally reached Sarajevo as part of a group of volunteers with Women for Women (WFW), an international organization that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives.  I had no idea what to expect of …

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Our Man in Haiti, Part VII

By Kent Ravenscroft, M.D. IPI Emeritus Faculty Tuesday 3/23 Mirogoane:  Rendezvous with the Past Today I go to Mirogoane again. But first I need to bring you up to date on something.  When I returned the Iridium phone to Stephanie after the Platon beach party, I was about to leave when she said, “Oh, Kent, …

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Our Man in Haiti, Part VI

By Kent Ravenscroft, M.D. IPI Emeritus Faculty The Mirogane Clinic Stephanie, my IMG Director, mentioned that we’d be switching my beloved mobile mental health clinics in the countryside back into the Notre Dame Hospital right in the middle of Petit Goave. To her surprise, I went off like a sky rocket, ranting about how these …

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Our Man In Haiti, Part V

By Kent Ravenscroft, M.D. IPI Emeritus Faculty I was in a narrow muddy rutted road between tents when I saw a green steamroller, or maybe one of those big, bug-like French street sweepers, coming straight at me.  Nowhere to hide.  So I quickly rolled over to the side in a panic.  Then I awoke.  It …

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Our Man in Haiti, Part IV

By Kent Ravenscroft, M.D. IPI Emeritus Faculty Saturday came around fast. I had to stand up in front of local Haitian IMC clinic doctors and nurses, and talk for 5 hours about the psychosocial impact of what they and their patients had been through.  As I’ve said, public speaking and lectures are not my favorite …

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Our Man In Haiti, Part III

By Kent Ravenscroft, M.D. IPI Emeritus Faculty Fifty years ago when I was 20 I did my anthropology fieldwork in Masson, named for the remains of an old French plantation. I would periodically take a break, hop on a brightly colored Tap Tap or small camionette, and head back to Port-au-Prince to join the Richardot …

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Our Man in Haiti, Parts I and II

By Kent Ravenscroft MD IPI Emeritus Faculty Part 1 Haiti is an amazing country. It is devastated by yet another disaster, yet the strength and spirit of Haitians is stunning.   I know it well.  I spent time there as a young man learning Creole and writing my thesis on possession and its link to dissociation.  …

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