About Jennifer Leaning
Jennifer Leaning, an expert on disaster response, documented the plight of Darfurian refugees along the Chad-Sudan border in 2004.
Leaning and her colleagues from the non-governmental organization Physicians for Human Rights visited camps throughout the region, some of which were already well-established.
But when they visited a group of new arrivals near Bahai, Chad, Leaning witnessed the suffering of people living in horrible conditions without any international aid.
While documenting the stories of these refugees, she became deathly ill herself and was evacuated. Back in the United States, she and her team helped publicize the genocide. Leaning continues to work on human rights, humanitarian aid, and public health at Harvard University.