"…When somebody has been killed somewhere, no matter how much rain falls down, the blood of that person stays where it is…"
In Côte d’Ivoire, what comes next after witnessing a massacre? Video by @PeterDiCampo.
An info graphic depicting famine in Somalia by the numbers shared by The Washington Post.
Seven hundred and fifty thousand Somalis may die of starvation this year. That’s equivalent to wiping out every single person in Washington, plus 150,000 more.
An aerial view of the largest refugee camp in the world.
"With the stream of news reports and images showing the Somali refugee crisis in Kenya and Ethiopia getting worse by the day, as thousands of people flee the famine in their war-torn country, it is easy to forget that the refugee situation is not new." -Samuel Loewenberg reporting from Kenya.
That’s okay. We’re journalists, we understand.
Grant applications for West African journalists interested in the water and sanitation reporting project are due tonight. We’ve had some great apps in so far, and hope to see yours too.
If you have questions, feel free to write or tweet (@pulitzercenter) us. French, English, Arabic, Spanish and conversational Swahili operators standing by.
Maura and the Pulitzer team.
If you haven’t seen it - a fascinating read on the dangers of an uncritical alliance between NGOs and journalists reporting on Africa:
Gelfand says that her Oxfam experience helped her to understand just how much attention ngos put on getting their story told. “All the talking points are carefully worked out…. It’s a huge bureaucracy and there are as many levels of control as in any government,” she says of Oxfam, adding that many NGOs are reluctant to cooperate with media unless they know they’ll be shown in a positive light.
To be fair to the NGOs, Gelfand says, “It’s easier to sell a famine than to effect real, common-sense policy change.” And, she says, she continues to believe that most aid workers do what they do because they want to make a difference. Nonetheless, “A lot of what Oxfam does is to sustain Oxfam.”
Do journalists rely too heavily on NGOs when approaching international reporting? What do you think?
Did you know?
Water NGOs have joined in the fight to deliver clean water and adequate sanitation to communities around the world.
But the NGO water sector has a sustainability problem.
Did you (also) know?
-Read more on the WASH Sustainability Forum Report
Image by Steve Sapienza. Bangladesh, 2009.
Image by Rebecca Hamilton. Abyei, Sudan, 2010.
In a move southern leaders called a “declaration of war,” north Sudanese troops invaded the flashpoint border town of Abyei, Sudan over the weekend.
But why does Abyei matter? Hint: it’s not just about the oil.
For the people who live here – who have never seen any benefits from oil and don’t believe they ever will, the talk of oil just feels like a headache they would rather do without. But if you took oil out of the equation you would still have a very big Abyei problem – primarily because of water, but also because of the political manipulation of local actors, and the legacy of war on inter-ethnic relations. None of these issues are getting the coverage they deserve because of the hyped-up focus on oil. -Rebecca Hamilton, 11/3/10
The BBC has a good piece on Abyei today, as well.
“If not de-escalated, this could be the shot heard round Sudan,”
- John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, to The New York Times
Northern Sudanese troops appear to have taken control of Abyei, a flashpoint town straddling the border between north and south Sudan.
Leaders in southern Sudan called the invasion a declaration of war.
Doctors Without Borders treated 42 wounded in the fighting, noting that most of the residents of the town have fled.
Special Correspondent on Sudan for the WaPo (among other impressive things) Rebecca Hamilton weighs in on why what’s going on in Sudan matters to America and the rest of the world:
1> “It’s the largest country in Africa. If there’s violence in Sudan, then there are refugee flows across the African continent.”
2> “In addition, Sudan used to be the host of Osama bin Laden… when you have a country like Sudan that is able to host terrorists that go on to do significant damage then it becomes a security concern for American citizens.”
3> “Whatever happens in Sudan, it may feel a long way away when you’re here but the impacts can be felt by Americans and by the country as a whole.” (Watch this interview)
Southern Sudan is set to become the world’s newest country in July.
More on Sudan from Pulitzer Center.