Young Journalist Award runner up: Street racing queen of Ramallah
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 runners-up.
One of them is Polly Fields, a freelance journalist from Cornwall who presented the story “Street racing queen of Ramallah”. Polly Fields tells the story of Mona, a young, educated and secular Muslim woman from Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian West Bank.
Mona manages to carry out different roles in her life: she is the first female street racer in the West Bank, the manager of a car rental company and a socialite who can get by on only a few hours sleep a night. She is also a young Muslim woman who has strong obligations to her family: she tries to live on the bridge between the Palestinian culture she and her family respects, and the modern, secular lifestyle she so desires.
Photo: Mona Ennab.
Credit: Guy Martin.
This story was published on the Abu Dhabi’s The National magazine supplement and Cornish World and My Cornwall magazine, with the title “Street racing queen of Ramallah”.
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