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Reportage, Journalism and Media Coverage in Conflict Situations

[Montréal, Québec, Canada  27°C] Since my visit to Southern Sudan last spring—and with the intention of returning for next year’s election in April—I’ve been reading about working as a journalist in conflict situations and reading journalistic stories written from conflict zones. Some great books I’ve read lately are written by journalists covering areas of political instability and war as foreign correspondents. One of my favourites is Ryszard Kapuscinski’s The Shadow of the Sun. Kapuscinski was Poland’s first and only foreign correspondent in the 1950’s. He was sent to cover Africa as the continent unraveled from colonialism, providing readers with insight...

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In Nairobi preparing for Juba

[Nairobi, Kenya 28°C] The Nairobi heat rarely gathers on the brow long enough to bead. It evaporates long before it has a chance to trickle then drip. Kenya will prepare you for the heat of Sudan, everyone tells me as I reach for my water bottle, still thursty. It’s not just the heat of Southern Sudan I’m preparing for, it’s the place itself. It’s hold on a tenuous peace, as mandated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed on Januray 9, 2005 between the Khartoum-based Government of Sudan and the, then-rebel group, Sudan People’s Liberation Army.