December 15, 2010. On Dec. 13, a live feed connected members of Chicago’s refugee community with some of the 19 Northwestern University student reporters and three professors reporting from refugee camps in Jordan, Malawi and Namibia.
Clemantine Wamariya, who as a 6-year-old hid in a tree with her sister as their grandparents were murdered in their Rwandan home, was among the group visiting Malawi, where she once lived as a refugee.
A website featuring stories, short documentaries, audio vignettes and refugee portraits officially launched Dec. 13 at a reception at Northwestern hosted by RefugeeOne, a Chicago refugee agency. As part of the live feed, the Northwestern student team in Jordan’s Osire refugee camp reported on their work and took questions from resettled refugees and their advocates in Chicago.
For four days (Dec. 11 through 14) the Medill School of Journalism reporting teams documented daily life in the camps through audio, video and print reports on a website at http://www.refugeelives.org/.
Wamariya, who spoke to the students as part of a class on reporting about refugees, returned to the Dzaleka camp for the first time since she was a refugee there. She served as a resource to the Malawi team.
“Our students in Malawi were the first journalists since 2007 to report out of the Dzaleka refugee camp,” says Medill Professor Jack Doppelt. He teaches the reporting class called “Connecting with Immigrant and Multi-Ethnic Communities.” Read on...
Source: Northwestern NewsCenter