Ali Rae

Ali Rae is a digital senior producer at Al Jazeera English (AJE) in Doha, Qatar. Her current role sees her streamlining the social/web efforts of AJE Programmes, in conjunction with AJE Online’s social team, and working on a variety of long-form interactive projects. Previously Ali worked for 3yrs as a digital producer with AJE’s London bureau, where she curated & maintained multiple social media accounts; edited and produced digital content for online; and supported the enhancement of the channel’s broader social strategy. In 2016, Ali was selected as an International Reporting Project fellow to South Africa and Lesotho. She has also undertaken a number of multimedia projects in Palestine, Fiji, PNG, Ghana and the Balkans. Ali has completed dual-degrees in Journalism and Arts (Peace and Conflict), together with Master’s degree in Communication for Social Change from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her work has received awards, including the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma Prize for reporting on violence, disaster or trauma in society. In 2013 she was awarded a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship to complete a Master of Science in Social Anthropology and Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Highlights

Reporting

| Ali Rae, Elizabeth Melimopoulos

Saving the traditional midwife in Guatemala

https://www.iwmf.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Midwives-SMALL_1.mp4   For centuries midwives in rural Guatemala have played a key role in delivering babies despite the numerous challenges. Chiquirichapa, Guatemala- Antonina Sanchez Mendez vividly remembers the first time she delivered a baby. The only…

| Ali Rae, Elizabeth Melimopoulos

Jucuapa: The coffin-making town in El Salvador

Welcome to the small town where residents abandoned traditional industries to turn a profit in the funeral business. Jucuapa, El Salvador – Driving down the main street in El Salvador’s Jucuapa, it is easy for…

| Ali Rae, Elizabeth Melimopoulos

Why is community radio in Guatemala important?

Sumpango, Guatemala – Sitting in a courtyard, wearing an indigenous huipil dress, Amanda Chiquito glows as she talks about the challenges and successes of working with the community radio station in Sumpango Sacatepequez, Guatemala. “There…

| Ali Rae, Elizabeth Melimopoulos

El Salvador woman jailed after stillbirth seeks freedom

San Salvador, El Salvador – Sitting in the concrete courtyard of Ilopango women’s prison in San Salvador, El Salvador, Teodora del Carmen Vasquez speaks slowly, with the tone of someone who has told her story…

| Ali Rae, Elizabeth Melimopoulos

Gender violence in Guatemala: ‘A woman’s struggle is everyone’s struggle’

Details of Mayan women’s hands. [Getty Images]Being a woman in Guatemala isn’t easy. The small central American country has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, with at least two women murdered…

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El Salvador’s coffin town

With murder rates skyrocketing in El Salvador, this tiny town has become the world’s coffin-making capital.