Friday, 22 April 2016

Devex - 7 ways to support women and girls who escape abductions


"Nongovernmental organizations working in Nigeria have called for renewed focus on supporting women and girls who escape abduction, as the country marked the second anniversary of the Chibok school kidnappings last week.

Two hundred and nineteen of the 276 girls abducted on April 14, 2014, from their secondary school in northeastern Nigeria by Muslim militant group Boko Haram are still missing. But aid organizations working in the country say concentrating on their rescue is not enough. Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women and girls in the country since 2012, according to estimates from charities International Alert and Amnesty International. Those who return from abduction also need support.


Boko Haram characteristically forces captive girls to marry its members. Many are raped and become pregnant as a result. Devex spoke to Kimairis Toogood, International Alert’s senior peace-building adviser and The Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s Nigeria Country Director De Luther-King Fasehun about the best ways to support the women and girls who survive such ordeals..."

Read the full article at Devex.com.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Liberia article up for One World Media award

My article on children and young people living in a Liberian cemetery has made the long list for the 2016 One World Media Awards.

The piece, published alongside photos taken by award-winning photographer Hannah Maule-ffinch, was published in the Independent Magazine.

One World Media will announce the final three nominations for the Press category of the awards in late April.