War correspondent shares life lessons

Head girl Helena Ring, deputy head boy Josh Addyman, Maggie O'Kane, headteacher Iain Kilpatrick, hea

Head girl Helena Ring, deputy head boy Josh Addyman, Maggie O'Kane, headteacher Iain Kilpatrick, head student Kingsley Yu and head boy Nic Gampierakis. - Credit: Archant

STUDENTS learned an important lesson about peace, justice and accountability thanks to a lecture by award-winning investigative journalist Maggie O’Kane.

The former war correspondent, who witnessed the human tragedy of conflict in Iraq and Bosnia, used photographic and film footage to bring to life her view on how investigative journalism can change the world during a visit to Sidcot School in Winscombe.

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.

She said: “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.”


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Headteacher Iain Kilpatrick said: “Maggie’s lecture was thought-provoking and inspiring, challenging students to consider the concepts of peace and justice.”

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