Two Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members at the University of North Carolina are co-authors of a chapter in a new book, Societies Emerging from Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity, edited by Dennis B. Klein.
Dilshad Jaff, program coordinator for solutions to complex emergencies in the Gillings School’s Research, Innovation and Global Solutions unit and adjunct assistant professor of maternal and child health, and Lewis Margolis, associate professor of maternal and child health, contributed the chapter, “Violence, Armed Conflict and the Burden of Mental Illness in Middle East and Beyond.”
Jaff and Margolis note that the chapter is representative of what can happen when students and scholars from around the world are welcomed into the Gillings School community.
“I came seeking a Master of Public Health degree, having years of experience in the field, responding to conflicts in the Middle East,” Jaff said. “As a student and now faculty member, I have had opportunity to examine the evidence and reflect on war’s consequences and impact upon mental health. Our aim is to help inform programs that are far too limited, given the vast needs. Contributing this chapter has been a scholarly activity that would not have been possible while dealing with day-to-day crises on the ground.”
Editor Klein is professor of history, director of the Jewish Studies program and director of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Kean University, in New Jersey. The collection of essays, written by scholars with ties to Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq and the United States, argues that a new post-atrocity framework is taking root, which calls for dialogue, citizen activism and witnesses’ accounts.