Lindsay Branham – The Heart of a Humanitarian
Lindsay’s dynamic career as a humanitarian began early in her life. Before she completed her undergraduate work at USC in journalism, at spring break, she gathered a group of compassionate companions and flew to the beaches of Thailand to help rebuild some of the homes destroyed by the historic tsunami of December, 2004. Before she returned to Bankok to fly home, she gave away all her remaining money, forgetting that she owed airport tax. The generosity of an American businessman who overheard her telling the story, got her back safely.
That summer, after graduation, she volunteered to spend 6 weeks at an orphanage in Uganda. It was there, in a small village, that she met refugees from surrounding African countries, fleeing oppression and injustice, and first heard about the horrific abduction of children as young as 6 years to serve as “weapons of choice” and soldiers for the murderous madmen of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
She moved to Lake Kivu in the DRC to serve with the non-profit organization, Food for the Hungry as International Media Director, and became very familiar with the destruction and damage to not only the children, but to their families and communities.
Her heart ached to help, to heal, and to reconcile these innocents.
Discover the Journey:
Lindsay subsequently co-founded Discover the Journey and has filmed and photographed many of the children affected by the LRA violence, and has even been instrumental in freeing some of them from captivity. Her images have been seen by many and used by broadcast media to illustrate the crisis in Congo, surrounding countries and around the world while also serving as a CNN and BBC contributor.
Her dedication to reintegrate and reconcile these children has led to her innovative “Mobile Cinema” project, funded by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, seeking to restore the traumatized young people to peaceful lives in their villages and homes, and overcome negative stigma, by using their own stories for local expression and healing. There has been significant success and Lindsay’s work is being expanded into CAR and other regions where children are being victimized and traumatized by violence and war. She introduced the story with word and pictures in her compelling piece, http://mobilecinema.dtj.org/blog/2013/2/8/space, which details the lives and challenges of the families she’s worked with in her extensive research and travel to the war-torn areas.
The impressive and exciting results are extensively outlined in The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative publication: click here.
She has loved, cared and written about other children in crisis in other parts of the world as well, including the American southwest, where children suffer poverty and malnutrition and the orphans in Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010. She helped produce an award winning documentary with Soledad O’Brien and CNN, “Rescued”.
In 2005, Lindsay co-produced a documentary with the New York Times about the corporate cover-up of responsibility for fatal accidents at railway crossings, which won the Pulitzer Prize for journalistic excellence.
Her work can be seen on her website: artisandelapaix.com.
Lindsay’s words and images captivate and inspire, and her heart to make a difference has changed the world in powerful and positive ways, she’s truly an Artisan de la Paix – a remarkable artist for peace!!!!!