Young Journalist Award runner up: Human rights repression in Western Sahara
Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.
The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants as the top five runners-up.
One of them is Stephen Mangan, an Irish student and freelance journalist from Dublin who also contributes to the national newspaper the Irish Times.
Stephen’s article is about human rights activists working and living in the Moroccan controlled areas of Western Sahara.
Traditionally inhabited by nomadic Arab tribes and famous for their long history of resistance to outside domination, the land of Western Sahara was occupied by Spain, and successively invaded by Moroccan and Mauritanian armies. Despite international sanctions, after thirty five years, the Saharawi people are still waiting for the right to self determination, with no sight of their circumstances changing, he writes.
Photo: A Sahrawi woman walks in the desert near the Western Sahara refugees camp in Tindouf, Algeria, close to the Mauritanian and Moroccan borders of the disputed territory.
Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
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