Diaries from the field

UN Special Rapporteur visits Uruguay

By Mary Ferreira Montevideo, Uruguay – Covering the visit to Uruguay of the UN Special Rapporteur, Pablo de Greiff, led us to several places in Montevideo including the Supreme Court, the President’s office, and the Office...

Haiti: Street Children live dangerously

by Mary Ferreira Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The number of children living on the streets of Port-au-Prince alone doubled to 4,000 since the 2010 earthquake says UNICEF. They’re everywhere – darting in between cars – trying to...

Haiti: Youth displaced by Earthquake

by Mary Ferreira Port-au-Prince, Haiti – An assignment to produce a story about youth and democracy, supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), following the 2010 earthquake brought me back to Haiti with...

Great Zimbabwe

by Mary Ferreira 3 December 2012 – After much flying time, we arrived in Zimbabwe to film a story on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. As part of the story, a workshop sponsored by UNDP, held in the town of Masvingo...

To sing or sign?

By Francis Mead It was a late call – could I go to Minnesota to film the deaf, Finnish rapper for...

E-mail, shooting and the Moscow rush-hour – without vision

by Francis Mead One of the things about Anatoliy is you can e-mail him and he can e-mail you back. Which sounds completely trivial – except that Anatoliy Popko is blind. So how does he do it? It’s all down to voice recognition...

Qatar: Sweet Epidemic

by Mary Ferreira Counting calories is not on anyone’s mind when visiting fast food chains in...

Pakistan: Wagah Border Ceremony

by Mary Ferreira Lahore, Pakistan – Thousands of spectators on both sides of the border – Pakistan and India – cheer as soldiers representing both nations participate in a ceremony which ends in a perfectly...

Qatar: Robotic Camel Jockeys

by Mary Ferreira Doha, Qatar – Camel racing has been a popular sport for centuries in the Gulf region. In most countries children were used as camel jockeys. But governments along with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF,...

Dwindling Fish Stocks

By Mary Ferreira and Elizabeth Waruru The fishing industry helps millions of people escape poverty...

Senegal: Beyond Tradition

By Mary Ferreira Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, or genital cutting is an age-old custom...

Youth Unemployment

By Mary Ferreira NEW YORK  – My colleagues, Leslie Wade and Paul Simon, from the Department...

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