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DSC_0706UNC alumni Will McInerney ’11 and Mike Mallah ’09 are currently working with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and the Syrian American Medical Society on a creative storytelling project in Jordan, Palestine, and Turkey.

Their initiative, Stories with a Heartbeat, documents the experiences of medical professionals and their patients through creative, engaging, and dynamic storytelling.

McInerney and Mallah just wrapped up 10 days in Palestine where they documented a team of American surgeons working in collaboration with local Palestinian doctors, nurses, and medical staff in Jenin. They also visited Palestine’s only pediatric cancer center, the Huda Al Masri Pediatric Cancer Department in Beit Jala.

McInerney and Mallah have taken more than 1,000 photographs, recorded 10 hours of interviews, and witnessed countless stories of beauty, struggle, and resilience. All of their documentation efforts and creative products will be donated to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund to help them continue their work on the ground.

A story connecting voices in Palestine to the tragic shooting deaths in Chapel Hill last month recently aired on WUNC, North Carolina’s NPR affiliate. Click here to listen now.

McInerney and Mallah are currently on the Turkish-Syrian border and working with the Syrian American Medical Society to document stories from the newly named Deah, Yusor, and Razan Dental Clinic.



Visit the Stories with a Heartbeat Facebook page to view some of the powerful and inspiring stories they have gathered so far.

To learn more and support this project by making a donation, click here.


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