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
I traveled to the town of Bria in the Central African Republic, where a spasm of violence has sent shockwaves through an already traumatised population and ripples of fear throughout CAR that the country is descending back into chaos.
FULL STORY FOR AL JAZEERA ENGLISH: http://bit.ly/2s0M3F6
(Returning to my AP roots with this piece on violence in CAR.)
Gunmen looted humanitarian compounds as fighting gripped the Central African Republic town of Bria while more than 20,000 people have fled to a nearby U.N. peacekeeping base. Full story: http://bit.ly/2z0WLmk
... Proud and honored to have been chosen for an SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award with my NBC colleagues for our coverage of the Brussels attacks. https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1507
Such a privilege sharing the stage with some incredibly talented journalists for the panel at American University on conflict journalism. Thanks for those who came and asked questions. You can check out the video here: https://pulitzercenter.org/blog/egalitarian-perspective-women-conflict-journalism
It was just before dark, and Charles was pulling weeds with his father in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state when roughly a dozen armed rebels appeared, demanding he join their ranks. Charles was terrified. His father tried to intervene, but he was outnumbered. That night, Charles, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, was separated from his father and forced to become a soldier. He was just 13 years old.
Full story for NEWSWEEK: http://www.newsweek.com/2017/03/31/south-sudan-civil-war-child-soldiers-572025.html