Didem Tali


Didem Tali is a multilingual freelance journalist loosely based out of Istanbul and working in her native Turkey and internationally. She reported from Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, with an interest in economic development, environment, gender, food and culture. Her publications included Al Jazeera, BBC, Financial Times, Guardian, Irish Times, VICE and many more. Didem holds an MSc in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics, where she was on a full scholarship awarded by the European Union. In 2013, she was a Johannes Rau Fellow at the Africa Desk of Deutsche Welle in Germany. She was also a two-time winner of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, which recently took her to Malawi and Peru for various reporting projects.

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‘We Have Known Men’: Former Girl Soldiers Suffer Stigma Back Home

An estimated 40 percent of child soldiers around the world are girls, many of whom face discrimination and struggle to reintegrate into their communities once they leave the armed groups who kidnapped them. Hundreds of…

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Tek umutları var: Futbol

Demokratik Kongo Cumhuiyeti’nde yıllardır süren iç savaş, barış içerisinde yaşayan toplulukları böldü. Fakat milyonlarca genç Kongolu’nun bir ortak noktası var: Futbol. Futbol, ülkenin en popüler sporu ve hoşgörüyü, farklı etnik ve dini kökenli çocukları biraraya…

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The healing powers of football in the DRC

Goma, DRC – The decades-long civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) divided communities that had previously coexisted peacefully. But millions of young Congolese still have a lot in common, particularly their love…

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Photos: Life for the internally displaced women of Congo

Research shows that women and children are overrepresented in internally displaced people (IDP) camps in the conflict zones all around the world. The Democratic Republic of Congo is no exception. The war that has been…

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Can Congolese Agriculture Fight Future Famines?

Solange, a 34-year-old mother, feeds her six children by selling peanuts in the streets of Goma, in the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. She travels one-and-a-half hours each way from her rural village…

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Kick Like a Girl: Finding Strength Through Soccer in DRC

  In the midst of civil war, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are united by a love of soccer. It’s still mainly considered a boys’ game there, but is gaining popularity among…

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Child Soldiers Kick Away Demons of War

  Can football prevent the recruitment of child soldiers? On a cloudy weekday in Goma, in the war-ravaged Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, military helicopters and UN peacekeeping forces kept passing a road next to…

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For Kinshasa’s Homeless Girls, a Life of Abuse and Servitude

Of the 25,000 street children in Congo’s capital, the majority are young men. But while boys can make money through manual labor, girls often find that prostitution and exploitation are their only options for survival.…

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Kinshasa’s street children tell their stories on radio

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo – Cecilia held the microphone in her hands. The large headphones covered her ears. The small room that functioned as a community radio station in the bustling Gambela market in…

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A life in limbo in the IDP camps of the Democratic Republic of Congo

  Kanyere Sifa, a 26-year-old single mother, has just given birth to her sixth child. Mungualiho Kakomire, a 45-year-old resident of the internally displaced people’s camp of Bulengo in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,…

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Cafes, Croissants, and Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Croissants at Au Bon Pain in Goma. All photos by the author. Vanessa Jados always had a thing for fine bakery and fresh croissants-so much that when she was pregnant with her second child, she…