Seamus Kelters, who died suddenly on September 27, 2017, was an influential chronicler of Northern Ireland’s civil conflict and co-author of Lost Lives: The Story of the Men, Women and Children Who Died As A Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles. An early Dart Center Ochberg Fellow, he played a central role in the evolution of trauma-aware journalism. We asked several friends and colleagues for remembrances of Seamus and his work. Below, reflections and recollections by Susan McKay, Scott North, Donna DeCesare, Frank Ochberg, Joe Hight, Elana Newman, Gavin Rees and Bruce Shapiro. Scroll down for excerpts, and click to the right to read the full pieces.
Resources for War & Civil Conflict
At the 2017 Global Media Forum in Germany, a panel discussion featuring conflict photographers Capucine Granier-Deferre and Patrick Tombola, and Dart Centre Europe's Gavin Rees.
Homepage for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs National Center for PTSD.
Homepage for the VA National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, which houses a wide variety of studies, reports, and statistical analysis of data pertaining to veterans health issues.
Homepage for the Center for Deployment Psychology, an organization focused on enhancing understanding of and encouraging treatment for psychological issues faced by active duty military members during deployment abroad, veterans of overseas deployments, and their families.
Free downloadable lesson plan from PBS focusing on conflict reporting from the Syrian conflict and writing stories for target audiences.
Information from the National Veterans Legal Services Programs on interviewing veterans with PTSD and other trauma victims. Includes links to other resources.
Amantha Perera, a foreign correspondent and Dart Centre Asia Pacific’s Regional Facilitator, reflects on covering the Sri Lankan Civil War. “I did not see fear. I did not see sorrow, hate or revenge. I wish I had,” he writes. “I saw a deep, unfathomable darkness. An abyss. As if there was nothing left to feel, nothing to live for.”