Brown Alumni Magazine: A Life In War

Brown Alumni Magazine: A Life In War

A Life In War By Beena Sarwar ’86 Filmmaker Ken Carlson ’86, who has produced such television shows as America’s Most Wanted and Lost, stepped into a different world with a documentary about his classmate Tom Catena ’86, a doctor based at a remote hospital in...

Video: The Choice is Yours

To see Dr. Tom Catena, many of his patients travel for days on foot, in carts, or often cradled in their mother’s arms. Welcome to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where the government attacks defenseless men, women, and children with supersonic bombers, and it doesn’t...

VIDEO: Water and Power

Greetings from the bush! Sharing this short clip with you in the hope that you get a kick out of it and pass it on to a few friends. Have a look: it shows me dealing with my most difficult patient—the Mother of Mercy Hospital, herself. We’re all doing what we can to...

VIDEO: Last Line of Defense

When Dr. Tom Catena is confronted with a condition or a wound he’s never seen before, he has hours, sometimes minutes, to learn all he can. There are no specialists in the Nuba Mountains. No oncologists, gastroenterologists or ophthalmologists. Just Dr. Tom. Which...

VIDEO: Ratiba’s Children

Ratiba Ibrahim Kodi is one of the Mother of Mercy Hospital’s first nurses. She has treated the ill and patched together bodies torn apart by shrapnel and fire. She has known personal tragedy inside the walls of the hospital, losing a newborn son to a congenital heart...