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Category: Diaries from the field

Preserving the Forests in the Solomon Islands

by Gill Fickling Eight pm on a Friday evening.  My skype pings with an incoming message.  It’s my cameraman/fixer, Wade Fairley, in the Solomon Islands where I’m due to be joining him the following Monday to shoot two stories...

Akhtar’s Story

by GILL FICKLING When I first met Akhtar in 2009, he was dirty, hungry, disillusioned and scared.   He was then living in a squalid camp of flimsy cardboard boxes in Greece’s western port city, Patras, along with 1600 other...

The Women Shepherds of Somaliland

by Francis Mead We won’t forget Beerato. It’s a village in central Somaliland. Dust, sheep, goats, camels – and bold women, insisting on changing their lives – and knowing how to party – dancing,...

Risking Life and Limb in Afghanistan

by Mary Ferreira and Haris Kakar Recently I had the pleasure of working with and mentoring a young journalist from Afghanistan, Haris Kakar, a participant in the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme which ran...

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...

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