Empowering Youth Voices - InternewsNext

by Internews
Feb 13, 2013

A Young Ugandan Journalist Tells her Story

Afghan boy and man with radio: Barat Ali Batoor
Afghan boy and man with radio: Barat Ali Batoor

Twenty-seven year old Helen Fortunate Mayelle is a Media and Communication Officer at the Refugee Law Project based in the war torn northern region of Uganda, where she has found a passion for video advocacy, using it to fight injustices and human rights abuses. 

Mayelle started out in community radio in her home town of Arua. While working at Radio Pacis ("Peace" in Italian), she received training in radio production from Internews and produced radio dramas about social issues, including gender based violence.

When Mayelle worked for NTV in Uganda, she started a program for children - Planet K - that still exists today. Watch an interview with Helen.

We see women and youth just like Helen who use media to create real change in their communities every day. Thank you so much for supporting young journalists through the InternewsNext Global Giving project. It’s amazing what can happen when you invest, $25, $50, or $100 in young people – just a little bit can go such a long way. A relatively small amount helped to give Helen the radio production training and access to equipment that she needed to tell her story. You can enable journalists to empower themselves and their communities by making a donation to the InternewsNext project.

You can be a part of the global movement to encourage free, open access to media and information – won’t you join us? 

A girl paints at the Afghan Youth Voices Festival
A girl paints at the Afghan Youth Voices Festival
frm Photography workshop in Afghanistan
frm Photography workshop in Afghanistan

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