Inna Lazareva

Thomson Reuters Foundation/Freelance @InnaLaz

Inna Lazareva is a British freelance multimedia journalist and analyst who, as of June 2016, is based in West Africa. Previously, she spent almost four years as a Middle East correspondent, covering Israel and Palestine for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times, and contributing to Time magazine, The New Statesman, Standpoint, Al Jazeera, Al Monitor, Monocle, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine and others. In 2012, she reported from Uganda after being selected as a finalist in The Guardian’s International Development journalism competition. She has also written about the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London, and produced and hosted her own radio podcast 'Out of the Comfort Zone' on TLV1 radio. Inna has a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from University College London and speaks five languages.

Reporting Locations


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Conscripted into the Emperor’s Private Orchestra

What do a crew of talented musicians do when forced to serve at the pleasure of a notoriously cruel dictator? They play like their lives depend on it. When the rebels stormed Charlie Perrière’s house, he…

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‘We don’t need men’: Widows and rebel wives rebuild war-scarred Uganda

Women who were abducted and raped by the Lord’s Resistance Army have teamed up to support each other By Inna Lazareva PAICHO, Uganda, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At the entrance to a round…

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Auto repair shop jump-starts Ugandan child soldiers into new lives

“You just … get your gun, shoot people, rob people – that’s how we used to get money” By Inna Lazareva AWACH, Uganda, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As a young boy chasing chickens…

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Inside the World OF Bangui’s Traumatized Street Children

Jerome Delay/AP The street children appear suddenly. Some emerge from the tall grass; others hop over a crumbling wall. Soon dozens of homeless kids and teenagers have assembled on the steps of an old, unused…

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Sisters in Central Africa shield girls singled out as ‘witches’

Washing hangs on the line in the inner courtyard of the convent. The girls, sheltered by the nuns, are responsible for doing their own laundry. (GSR photo / Inna Lazareva) Across the street from helmeted…

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Witness to soldiers’ sexual abuse in Bangui speaks out on finding safe haven

In the face of conflict and violence, women in a camp in Central African Republic’s capital are working together to rebuild their lives People go about their daily lives at a refugee and displaced persons…

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Nostalgia for a nightmare

HE CALLED himself the Emperor of Central Africa. Others dubbed him the Butcher of Bangui. Jean-Bédel Bokassa seized power in a coup on December 31st, 1965 and ruled what is now the Central African Republic…