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Richard J Margolis Award

About Richard J. Margolis

Career Highlights

selected articles

Selected New Leader Columns

Reports & Monographs

Op-Ed Pieces & Book Reviews

 

Past Winners

2016
David Denver Robinson

 

2015
Daniel Hernandez

 

2014
Blaire Briody

 

2013
Patrick Arden

 

2012
Inara Verzemnieks

 

2011
Sabine Heinlein

 

2010
Doug Hunt

 

2009
Joe Wilkins

 

2008
Gabriel Thompson

 

2007
Stephanie Griest

 

2006
Marie myung-ok lee

 

2005
Kisha Lewellyn

 

2004
Nelson smith

 

2003
John Bowe

 

2002
Iyesatta Massaquoi

 

2001
Otis Haschemeyer

 

2000
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

 

1999
Susan Parker

 

1998
Laura Distelheim

 

1997
Julie Lasky

 

1996
E.J. Graff

 

1995
Josip Novakovich

 

1994
Maggie Dubris

 

1993
Judith Levine

 

1992
Richard Manning

 

Iyesetta Massaquoi

Currently in her final year at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (in 2002), Massaquoi won the award for her powerful stories about the impact of Sierra Leone's long-running and brutal civil war on its children. In that war, which was declared to have ended last January, an estimated 200,000 people lost their lives and another two million were displaced.

"I was raised in Sierra Leone," says Massaquoi, "and it is there that I came to appreciate the resilience of the human spirit. Sierra Leone is full of unheard voices, untold stories and unsung heroes whose everyday struggles speak to the depth of human perseverance."

After completing her medical school training, Massaquoi plans to continue integrating writing and medicine as a way to address human suffering and social injustice. In January 2003 she will return to Sierra Leone for more work on collection of fact-based stories about Sierra Leone's children. She will meet with child soldiers, child rebels, orphans, disabled children, internally displaced children, and refugees to gain a sense of the complexity of their experiences.

Update

Iyesatta Massaquoi is currently (2004-05) an Emergency Room resident at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.