Story Topic: Bereavement

Celia McWee (USA)

Photography by Brian Moody On New Year’s Day 1980, Celia Mcwee received the devastating news that her daughter, Joyce, had been murdered by Joyce’s husband, Eugene. Two decades later, on April 16th 2004, she suffered the double tragedy of witnessing her son’s execution on death row. Celia lives in Augusta, Georgia, and is a member… more

Mary Blewitt (Rwanda)

Photography by Brian Moody In 1994, in just one hundred days, a million people were killed in Rwanda as the world stood by and did nothing. Mary Kayitesi Blewitt, a Rwandan, had left the country some years prior to the genocide. On hearing of the killings, she tried to return home, but all the borders… more

Robi Damelin (Israel)

Photography by Brian Moody In March 2002 Robi Damelin’s son, David, was shot by a sniper while serving in the Israeli army. He was 28 years old. Robi now works for The Parents Circle (http://www.theparentscircle.org/) Families Forum, a group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families supporting reconciliation and peace. When I was told that David had been… more

Andrew Rice (USA)

Photography by Brian Moody On September 11 2001, investment banker David Rice was killed when the World Trade Center collapsed. Since then, his younger brother, Andrew Rice, has dedicated himself to trying to understand the underlying causes of violence. He is a member of Peaceful Tomorrows, a group founded by family members of September 11… more

Ghazi Briegeith & Rami Elhanan (Israel)

Photography by Brian Moody Ghazi Briegeith, a Palestinian electrician living in Hebron, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli graphic designer from Jerusalem, met through The Parents Circle – a group of bereaved families supporting reconciliation and peace. Ghazi’s brother was killed at a checkpoint in 2000. Rami’s 14-year-old daughter was the victim of a suicide bombing in… more

Marian Partington (England)

Photography by Brian Moody In 1973 Marian Partington’s younger sister, Lucy, disappeared from a Gloucester bus stop after visiting a friend. Twenty years later, the gruesome discoveries at 25 Cromwell Street revealed that Lucy Partington had been a victim of serial-killers Frederick and Rosemary West. Frederick West committed suicide before the trial in 1995, while Rosemary West was… more

Mariane Pearl (Pakistan)

Photography by Brian Moody Mariane Pearl, pictured here with her son Adam, aged 18 months, was five months pregnant when her husband, the American journalist Daniel Pearl, was brutally murdered by a militant Islamic fundamentalist group in February 2002. Determined not to be broken, she has written a book called A Mighty Heart: The Brave… more

Denise Green (England)

Photography by Brian Moody In 1999, Denise Green and her husband Bill discovered that their son William was one of hundreds of children whose organs were removed without consent for research purposes. William had been treated at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 1992, and later died. As parents prepared for multiple burials, the Health… more

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