EAST OF THE ANACOSTIA - We spend a lot of time talking about mental illness as a cause of gun violence ... and not enough looking at mental health after gun violence. Or in a neighborhood where gun violence is pervasive. Our editor Joanne Kenen met a remarkable woman, Ryane Nickens - who lost her brother, pregnant sister, and uncle to DC's gun violence - and is trying to do something about it.
Joanne spent a day with Nickens in a tough Southeast neighborhood called Washington Highlands. "When a community has suffered generational violence, its hope becomes fragile or nonexistent," Nickens told Joanne as they walked a few blocks from yet another drive-by shooting. "The community can become conditioned to accepting things as they are with no real hope for what could be." Read more of Joanne's story here https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/04/14/washington-dc-gun-violence-anacostia-217842.