Campus & Community

Helping heal survivors

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The Boston Globe

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Richard F. Mollica has been helping people cope with the worst catastrophes imaginable. The longtime director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma at Massachusetts General Hospital has worked with survivors of the brutal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, 9/11 in New York, and, most recently, the earthquake in Haiti. Despite witnessing so much tragedy – or perhaps because of it – Dr. Mollica is an optimistic man. He has watched people recover from torture, loss of family members, and, what he considers the worst possible tragedy: the disappearance of loved ones. Like you, he feels empathy for the people of Haiti – but he doesn’t want you to feel too much.