Honored to have won a grant in the Pitching for Peace competition from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and War Stories Peace Stories. Had the privilege of going to present my project in NYC at the "War Stories Peace Stories" symposium. Fascinating event – and I can't wait to get to work. More info here.
Thanks to Jina Moore & The New York Times for the shoutout in this week's edition of "What We're Reading."
From Pacific Standard: It’s fairly well known that sexual violence is a common feature of the continuing war in South Sudan, but the journalist Cassandra Vinograd found something surprising when she was reporting in Bentiu, one of the most conflict-affected places in the country. Rape is now so common there that the stigma around it is, slowly, starting to change. It’s not uncommon for women to be thrown out of their homes after being “spoiled,” but the husband of a woman called Cecilia understood how war had changed their world. He told her: “Take heart — this is the situation of war. It is good they have not killed you.” — Jina Moore, East Africa bureau chief http://nyti.ms/2CNo00M
Proud to share my latest piece, which looks at rape as a weapon of war in South Sudan. Getting this published was no small feat – and am grateful to Pacific Standard for giving it a home and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for the support.
FULL STORY HERE: https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-the-women-of-south-sudan-are-speaking-out-about-mass-rape
... So grateful to Newsweek for giving me the space to hopefully do this story justice. I'd been intrigued by the "myth" around female combatants since my first visit... Turns out female combatants are very real – and ignoring them or their motivations poses serious problems for any future peace.
FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/2AqXyJT
Ndele is firmly under control of the FPRC armed group. The rebels have brought stability and something akin to services as conflict grips the rest of the country. But is everyone happy? FULL STORY & PHOTOS FOR AL JAZEERA ENGLISH: http://bit.ly/2yQ7taL
Am beyond thrilled that the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has given me another grant – this time to go report on the absence of state in Central African Republic. I'll be heading back there soon... Watch this space for project updates: http://bit.ly/2htydqY
What a weekend. The Pulitzer Center's "Gender Lens" conference was filled with fascinating panels and interesting perspectives. And I was particularly moved by the talented young women of "Girl Be Heard," who brought our words to life in their powerful performances. Thank you for the beautiful interpretations, Girl Be Heard!
Scores of blackened homes dot this town where more than 41,000 people have fled for their lives. Deadly sectarian violence that has gripped Central African Republic since 2013 is surging again, even spreading to parts of the country that once had been spared. The number of people displaced could reach half a million by month’s end, the U.N. says, a level not seen in more than three years. FULL STORY & PHOTOS: http://bit.ly/2hrHCz2