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RISC Training

Dedicated to the safety of freelance conflict journalists

Most journalists working on the frontlines of conflict today are freelancers, and yet the vast majority of these photographers and reporters are untrained in basic lifesaving techniques. The costs of most hostile environment courses are prohibitive for independent journalists who work without institutional support.

Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization which provides free battlefield first aid courses and medical kits to qualified freelance journalists. All RISC trainees return to the field with the knowledge and equipment to treat their own wounds and those of their colleagues and civilians in the field.

RISC was founded by journalist Sebastian Junger in 2011 after his close friend and colleague, photographer Tim Hetherington, died from mortar wounds he suffered while covering the war in Libya. Junger learned that Hetherington's injuries were not necessarily fatal, but that none of the journalists around him had the right training to save his life.

Independent reporters are risking their lives every day to bring us the story from dangerous areas across the Middle East and the rest of the world. Please help us raise funds to train and equip them to keep themselves and their colleagues safe.

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