IWMF On the Ground

After speaking with high school students at a school in Juba in my mixed-Middle Eastern dialect of Arabic, the young men and…

After speaking with high school students at a school in Juba in my mixed-Middle Eastern dialect of Arabic, the young men and women burst out laughing. Upon arrival in Juba I was pleasantly surprised to…

Frank Conversations and Family Planning Coming from working in the Middle East, I was pleasantly surprised to find how open…

Frank Conversations and Family Planning Coming from working in the Middle East, I was pleasantly surprised to find how open conversations are here between women about family planning, birth control, and sexuality. Women here are…

Fixers should be praised again and again and again- and today I want to praise Seme. Originally from South Sudan, Seme fled…

Fixers should be praised again and again and again- and today I want to praise Seme. Originally from South Sudan, Seme fled home a few years ago when violence broke out again and forced millions…

Reporting often includes trying out new experiences in order to get an informed opinion on certain matters. I had the…

Reporting often includes trying out new experiences in order to get an informed opinion on certain matters. I had the opportunity to try a local brew called marisa made by the South Sudanese in the refugee settlements.…

The Local Talent

Reliable, quick-thinking fixers are an invaluable necessity for my work as a photojournalist. As one of the most important contributors to journalism, they understand the cultural nuances and provide deep insight and connections into a…

Former child soldier Sacré lives in a two-room concrete house in outer Bangui with four friends his age, and four children under…

Former child soldier Sacré lives in a two-room concrete house in outer Bangui with four friends his age, and four children under ten. Now, he’s trying to make a new life for himself, learning skills…

Little Umungu is only six months old, but already his delicate skin is infested with layers of parasites. Gaping wounds from…

Little Umungu is only six months old, but already his delicate skin is infested with layers of parasites. Gaping wounds from scabies cover his feet.  In the world’s poorest country, his single mother can’t begin…

In his book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston writes that one of the biggest reasons for Honduras’ unstable…

In his book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston writes that one of the biggest reasons for Honduras’ unstable development “was the country’s unhealthy relationship with the United States, whose shortsighted policies…

Photo: Anna Spelman out shooting at the crack of dawn in San Pedro Sula  The importance of collaborative reporting…

Photo: Anna Spelman out shooting at the crack of dawn in San Pedro Sula  The importance of collaborative reporting opportunities in an increasingly freelance industry Introducing myself as a journalist has carried a new weight…