The poisoned city
Updated: Nov 20, 2019
My latest piece tells the story of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Her courage, tenacity and relentless drive to protect the children of Flint, Michigan moved me to tears and outrage. She almost quit, dealing with doubt and depression, a situation myself, like so many others, can relate to. However, she reminded herself that no one else was speaking for the children, so she got out from under her blankets and tried again. You are amazing Dr. Mona.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate who spearheaded efforts to reveal, publicize, and fix Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. In 2014, a change in the city’s water source resulted in astronomical amounts of lead leaching into the drinking water, causing irreversible damage to Flint’s residents. As a local pediatrician, the poisonous levels of lead in the water terrified Dr. Hanna-Attisha, and she was shocked that the government ignored complaints, protests, and reports from citizens, journalists, and experts. She knew that the only way to stop the lead poisoning would be to present undeniable proof on a national platform.
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