Africa

In January 2014, the IWMF’s first reporting trip to Eastern DR Congo gave six women journalists the opportunity to witness economic development programs taking place in one of the world’s most notorious conflict zones, North Kivu province. The group of international journalists took advantage of the relative calm to travel throughout the war-torn country to witness NGO and private sector initiatives to increase development in the region, meet local entrepreneurs, and gain a deep understanding of the relationship between alternative livelihoods and conflict reduction. After a four-day briefing session by international experts on the region, along with a specialized journalism security training workshop, the journalists were ready to walk into one of Africa’s most avoided regions to explore stories of resilience, progress, and hope.

  • FellowsStories
    The Eastern DRC Reporting Fellowship program aims to explore new narratives in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. The stories produced by the fellows provide nuanced pictures of the realities on the ground and enhance coverage of complex issues. The first reporting trip addressed the broader theme of economic development in the region.

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  • FellowsFellowsSix women journalists were selected to participate in the first trip in January 2014. They include Grainne Harrington (BBC World Television News), Evelyn Iritani (Bending Borders), Karen Lowe (Bending Borders), April Simpson (freelance journalist), Elaisha Stokes (freelance journalist), and Nastasya Tay (independent broadcast journalist).

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  • Journalist filmingImpressionsFollow the adventures of the IWMF’s Eastern DR Congo fellows as they explore untold stories from one of Africa’s most notorious conflict zones.
    “I now understand far better why the Congo has been an obsession for so many great writers, given its natural beauty, the warmth and resilience of the people and its ability to surprise.” – IWMF fellow Evelyn Iritani

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  • Journalist filmingReporting from Eastern DR CongoIn January 2014, a group of international women journalists traveled to the DR Congo with the IWMF to discover that the eastern provinces of the war-torn nation have more to offer than the tales of violence and conflict we see in the news. This photo story provides a first glance at how the IWMF helps journalists explore stories of resilience and hope in one of Africa’s most avoided regions.

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