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War Correspondent Explains Peace and Justice to Sidcot Students
Students at Sidcot School learned an important lesson about peace, justice and accountability thanks to a lecture by award-winning investigative journalist Maggie O’Kane on Friday 10 May.
The former war correspondent, who witnessed the human tragedy of conflict in Iraq and Bosnia, shared her experiences with students in a lecture that combined photographic and film footage to bring to life her view on how investigative journalism can change the world. Recounting her visit to the ethnic cleansing camps of Bosnia, Ms O’Kane said she had felt certain when the public saw the shocking photographs the war would end. When this did not happen, she described being at her lowest ebb. She said: “I questioned ‘where is the international justice?’ I despaired”.
Ms O’Kane shared a story of her reunion with one of the prisoners from the death camps she visited. He told her how he expected to be killed every day but the day the media visited to investigate he was given a reprieve. The award-winning journalist said this gave her hope. She explained “We had a small part in stopping one man from being tortured, even if only for a few hours. The role of investigative journalism is so important – there is incredible potential to change people’s lives”.
Sidcot’s Headmaster, Iain Kilpatrick, said “Life at the school is based on the Quaker value of peace and we encourage students to take an active interest in the world around them. Students are taught about conflict and how to resolve issues without violence. Maggie’s lecture was thought-provoking and inspiring, challenging students to consider the concepts of peace and justice. We were delighted to attract a speaker of this calibre”.
The Darwen Lecture was established in 1993 as a tribute to the Davies family, including the first and second Lord and Lady Darwen, who have been linked to Sidcot School for over 100 years. Created as a means to educate and inspire students and members of the public, celebrated speakers are invited each year to talk about current affairs and their life experiences.
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