IWMF On the Ground

Read the stories from fellows as they report on the ground.

Through our blog, read the experiences from our fellows from our most recent reporting trip.

Building trust while reporting on child marriage in Kinshasa

  The complexities of reporting on sensitive issues such as sexual violence and child marriage are enormous, and made infinitely thornier when you have a very limited time to build rapport with your subject and…

Want media coverage in the DRC? You might have to pay.

One of the basic principles of journalism ethics is that we don’t accept payment from sources in return for writing about particular people or subjects. The reasons for this are fairly obvious, but perhaps one…

Déjà Vu Juba

By Lydia Namubiru It is hard to remember one’s childhood with real specificity. I remember the joy of having so many friends to play with (because we lived as an extended family), the softness of…

Shopping for “essentials” in Kinshasa

There I stood, in the aisles of Kinshasa’s GG Mart, squinting as I held up a pair women’s underwear next to a pair of men’s tighty-whities. The women’s were several sizes too large. The men’s…

How a secondary school student reminded me I’m not just an invisible observer

“Why didn’t you say anything?”, says Samantha and looks at me with accusing eyes. She is an 18-year-old student at a secondary school in Juba where former beauty pageant turned activist Manuela Modong holds monthly…

In Kinshasa, the late Lumumba is still alive

Patrice Lumumba. You’ve probably heard of him. He was a Congolese pan-Africanist and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first democratically elected leader after the country became independent from Belgium in 1960. But he only served…

Inside Kinshasa, one of Africa’s music capitals

Growing up in the close knit Nigerian diaspora community of metro- Atlanta in the United States, I was surrounded by African influences. My mother wore her beautiful headties like a queen and nurtured my appreciation…

Traffic Police and Bribes

Traffic police in Juba often stop cars in search of bribes. It’s a common occurrence in many countries. And South Sudan’s capital is no exception. In most countries I travel to, many drivers just pay…

Grandma Anna to the rescue

The short story of a wardrobe malfunction while reporting: Climbing up the embankment of a dirty-water canal, I took one step too big and heard a loud rrrriiiiiiip as the crotch of my pants gave…