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Tanzania’s Women in Resistance

Brielle Morgan Feb. 12 In January I filed a story about resistance to gender-based violence in Tanzania. Reporting the story was a..

March 19, 2014 with 0 Comments

Lengo: a worthy goal

By: Jared Knoll ARUSHA – Hope can be hard to come by for children in Sub-Saharan Africa, but one Tanzanian man has gone back to his..

February 11, 2014 with 0 Comments

Drama for development: Community theatre creating awareness on human rights

ACCRA- Nii Kwartelai Quartey is a student at the University of Ghana, a human rights activist and a playwright. As I sit chatting with him..

January 27, 2014 with 0 Comments

Female students in Ghana find empowerment through entrepreneurship

  At the age of 18 Gloria Buckman Yankson walked into a job interview determined to make a good impression.  Twenty minutes later,..

January 26, 2014 with 0 Comments

Dansoman Special School Lacks Resources

  By: Jacky Habib ACCRA – “A, B, C, D, E, F, G….” Priscilla sings quietly with a smile on her face. Her father, Paul..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

In Old Fadama

By: Jacky Habib ACCRA, GHANA  – On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Citi FM reporter Eugenia Tenkorang and I walk through the streets of..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Verdict: Ghana’s democracy marches on

By Iain Marlow ACCRA—In Ghana, everyone has been awaiting the Verdict. For roughly three months, live broadcasts of Supreme Court..

September 5, 2013 with 1 Comment

On Ghana’s gold, “galamsey” miners and government action

By Iain Marlow ACCRA, GHANA—There’s a lot of gold in Ghana’s hills. Problematically, there’s also a lot of “galamsey.”..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

A modern day Mother Teresa: Tanzania’s Sister Martha

By Adam Bemma ARUSHA, Tanzania – Meet Martha Mganga. She’s a 50-year-old Tanzanian woman with albinism. She’s not afraid to use..

May 21, 2013 with 2 Comments

Indigenous art and culture in Arusha

              By Adam Bemma Located inside the historical Arusha Declaration Museum, near the Uhuru..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

A good walk spoiled

Freetown Golf Club (FTG). Saturday, May 18th, 2:03 p.m. – I was finishing some interviews for a feature article about Sierra..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

I’m A Millionaire In Tanzania

By: Mike MacDonald How many times have you asked a bank teller to help you withdraw a cool 2.23 mil? Without laughing, I mean. For most of..

May 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

You lucky dog

The goal of Journalists for Human Rights is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. We do this through facilitating good..

May 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Persons with disability experience protection without enforcement

By Iain Marlow in Accra, Ghana While many of Accra’s most well known journalists were ensconced at Ghana’s Supreme Court,..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Digging up the future

In Hollywood “romcom” movies, you’ll sometimes see the male lead whisk away his lady in a blindfold for a surprise holiday. When..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Housing project brings water, sanitation to Amui Dzor slum

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 7, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mamas know best: an organization in Ghana profits with fair trade

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Going out in style: Fantasy coffin-makers of Teshie

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

May 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

A deafening silence

Bonthe is like nowhere else I’ve ever been. It has no cars, no real roads, and just a few motorbikes. It is like stepping back in..

April 25, 2013 with 0 Comments

Bushmeat Trade Thrives on Endangered Species, but Creates Livelihoods

Liberia is not known for its wildlife. While in other African countries, monkeys and other mammals small and large are frequently observed,..

April 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

Journalists doubt information will soon be free in Ghana

 Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Pushing for rights literacy in rural Ghana

 Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

The trauma of war

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

A look inside Radio Democracy

For much of the past month I have been working with journalists at The Society for Radio Democracy 98.1fm in Freetown. Most people here..

April 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Boston attack: an international perspective

Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

The fixer

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

In the field, literally

Just like in most countries, Easter is followed by a four-day week here in Sierra Leone. That normally equates to less being achieved,..

April 7, 2013 with 1 Comment

A miracle in the bush

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

A close call in Liberia

Shirlee Engel is a reporter with Global TV in Ottawa. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

A Good Friday lesson

I started my Good Friday with an early trip to Lumley Beach in Freetown. I ran a wavy line along the soft, white sand, dodging the waves as..

March 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Bereft and Forsaken: The Old Folks Home in Buchanan

Family ties bind strongly in Liberia, and when people grow old they often live with sons, daughters or other relatives who look after them..

March 27, 2013 with 0 Comments

The patience of my job

On Friday, I was helping one of the employees at Skyy Radio with writing and recording her voice track for a radio documentary. We were..

March 17, 2013

It's cultural

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

It’s cultural

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

The secret is out

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mental illness a crisis in Sierra Leone

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Sweet Salone

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human Rights..

March 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

The prof

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human Rights..

March 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Home Again

I follow Edwina Thomas through the tight alleys of Kroo Bay in Freetown. This is one of the city’s most deprived areas. Thousands of..

March 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Schools and Clinics Fail to Meet Needs in Remote Liberian County

  In Liberia’s hinterland, a constellation of issues makes effective delivery of health care and education difficult and in some..

February 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

Hungry Journalists

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

February 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Back to Africa

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

February 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Why'd it have to be snakes?

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Why’d it have to be snakes?

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Rookie Mistakes

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

The 'AHA!' moment

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

The ‘AHA!’ moment

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Garbage Fires in 'Burning Time' Add to Choking Smog

Monrovia is now midway through the time of burning, a period approximately two months long, starting in January, in which garbage, grass..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Garbage Fires in ‘Burning Time’ Add to Choking Smog

Monrovia is now midway through the time of burning, a period approximately two months long, starting in January, in which garbage, grass..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Motorbike-taxi Curfew Said to Violate Constitutional Right

Because the vast majority of Liberians can’t afford personal vehicles, and public transportation is virtually non-existent, people..

February 7, 2013 with 0 Comments

A Brave Young Journalist in Jordan

While I’m doing human rights reporting training in different countries, I like to use local ‘success’ stories that will resonate with..

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

The street kids of Sierra Leone

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Lost Childhoods

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Wandering around Kroo Bay

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Election and Politics in Ghana

Sean O’Shea is a reporter with Global TV in Toronto. In the summer of 2012, he reported from Ghana and served as an expert trainer..

January 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

Cholera in Sierra Leone

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

Raped girl dies after years of suffering

While the world’s attention and outrage was focused on India, where a student had been gang-raped in December and would eventually..

January 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

Building economic development one wave at a time

In much of the developing world, particularly in countries with a beautiful coastline, tourists flock from all over the world to experience..

January 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Fighting for Equality in the Newsroom: Editor Wade Williams

FrontPage Africa’s newsroom editor learned at a conference in Zambia that the gender barriers she’s experienced in..

December 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Media and 16 Days of Activism Against SGBV

More than 40 journalists were trained on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and sensitive reporting in the Liberian capital of..

December 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Liberia's Roadside Signs Promote Cultural Change

Most of the Liberian population cannot easily afford the 55 cent (Canadian equivalent) cost of newspapers, and have little or no access to..

December 5, 2012 with 0 Comments

Liberia’s Roadside Signs Promote Cultural Change

Most of the Liberian population cannot easily afford the 55 cent (Canadian equivalent) cost of newspapers, and have little or no access to..

December 5, 2012 with 0 Comments

No sex for grades!

 The JHR Student Chapter in Liberia organized a forum on “sexual exploitation” at the Muslim Congress High School in Monrovia. Around..

December 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

LIVELY, CYNICAL, INTERESTING…. LIBERIA!

Not much is known about Liberia these days. For some reason, my friends think I came to Libya. Liberia/ Libya… you tell me! I am not new..

November 29, 2012 with 0 Comments

Football, no matter what

Where there’s a will there’s a way. And when it comes to millions of boys the world over, from Rio slums to African villages, when it..

November 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Horror in the hospital

  The head of the hospital let us start shooting pictures before he asked what use we’d make of them. Massa Kanneh – the..

November 10, 2012 with 0 Comments

Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire keeps Liberians hungry

Joseph Tahyor recalled one day last August when he and some 600 other residents of B’hai Jozon were asked to leave their homes. Men,..

October 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

JHR Leading Workshop Series on Human Rights Reporting in Sierra Leone for 2012 Elections

In less than two months, Sierra Leoneans will head to the polls for the third time since the end of a civil war. The country has been..

October 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

False promises of Liberian gold

Gbessey Musa is a long way from home. Three years ago, he left Sierra Leone in search of a job that could provide for his family. Chasing..

September 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Rain in Liberia and how weather becomes an issue of health, and even life or death

Living in Liberia through the country’s wet season, I find myself nostalgic for the relatively dry climate of Vancouver. To witness a..

August 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

Take it slow, my Canadian friend.

I’ll never forget my first day in a Malawian newsroom. I came in eager, ready to utilize countless hours of preparation and training done..

June 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

SLAJ lectures Journalists on Press Freedom Day.

A snap shot extract from – the Africa Young Voices publication of May 3 2012.   Members of the Association of Journalists (SLAJ)..

May 13, 2012 with 0 Comments

The future of press freedom in Malawi

Joyce Banda was sworn in as Malawi’s newest president on April 7 under the terms of the constitution, following two days of political..

May 7, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Pursuit of Press Freedom in Liberia

This article was originally published in June 2010 Smile FM. The once-charming name for a community radio station in southeastern Liberia..

May 1, 2012 with 1 Comment

Meet the Tognis: Las familia Circo

Yecid’s clothes don’t fit him quite right, his shoes are four sizes too large, his left wrist sometimes pops out of place and it always..

April 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Sierra Leone’s National Dance Troupe Fights to Return to Glory Days

I went along with my colleague at Cotton Tree News, Kevin Lamdo, to produce his program entitled “My Visit,” where he highlights the..

March 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

Sierra Leone's National Dance Troupe Fights to Return to Glory Days

I went along with my colleague at Cotton Tree News, Kevin Lamdo, to produce his program entitled “My Visit,” where he highlights the..

March 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

Down the road to BASCO

Vida sits in a scratched wooden chair beneath the only coconut tree in a clearing. She has a series of line scars next to her eyes and..

March 19, 2012 with 0 Comments

Justice be done in public: Ghanaian identification parades

She wears an intricately woven blue dress, fresh black high-heels and ties a matching scarf around her head to keep long braids away from..

February 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

Going home: The first plane out of Budum buram

After more than two decades in Ghana, some Liberian refugees will soon board planes bound for home. This first step in repatriation comes..

February 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Who Owns the Land?: Deconstructing Joma

Clemente’s house is one of the few buildings in Joma with a roof. In fact, it’s one of the last structures still standing in the..

February 16, 2012 with 0 Comments

Gutter gardens: MH-37's toxic run-off

Accra’s Military Hospital No. 37, was built during the Second World War and it’s obsolescence is becoming evident. About a year..

February 11, 2012 with 0 Comments

Gutter gardens: MH-37’s toxic run-off

Accra’s Military Hospital No. 37, was built during the Second World War and it’s obsolescence is becoming evident. About a year..

February 11, 2012 with 0 Comments

Sierra Leone is Still Waiting for a Freedom of Information Law

Though the government of Sierra Leone has been making very public displays of initiatives that aim to promote transparency, since even..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Developing energy-saving lights and solar lights to improve standard of living in Malawi’s cities and rural areas

“The lights are back on? Lets celebrate!” It’s become the common expression for us after moving to Malawi a couple of weeks ago...

February 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Community Radio Puts Local News First

The people of Port Loko, Sierra Leone used to get news about their town from radio stations in the capital even though they had their own..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Five Human Rights Stories that Made Headlines in Sierra Leone in 2011

In the past year, the Sierra Leonean government has been working to change the image of the country from that of civil war, Blood Diamonds..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Maintaining Community in Women’s Prison

I visited Freetown’s prison for women with Martha Kargbo, jhr’s first BBC World Service Trust Fellow in Sierra Leone. She is producing..

December 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

Motivated by an Arduous Path

That career paths can be long and windy is common the world over. But in a post-conflict country, the corners are often sharper and the..

July 26, 2010 with 0 Comments

Power of the (Printing) Press

When it comes to the media in Liberia, he or she who owns a printing press shall dominate the market. There are only a handful of..

July 16, 2010 with 0 Comments

Access to Education

Beatrice Jagbah relaxes under the evening sun after a full morning of teaching at the local school followed by a hard afternoon catching up..

June 8, 2010 with 0 Comments

Saye Town Residents Cope With Fire Aftermath

It is strongly believed, among many of the media houses in Liberia, that human rights stories, and human “interest” stories in..

May 27, 2010 with 0 Comments

Finding Kumba Kamara

The first time I saw Kumba Kamara, she was slumped on a mat by the side of her house. Her right foot and calf were wrapped in a filthy..

May 27, 2010 with 1 Comment
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