Climate: Ex-‘Witness’ writer awarded

2009-11-27 00:00

FORMER Witness journalist Jaspreet Kindra has won an award for reporting on climate change from Eritrea. As part of her prize she has been invited to cover the Copenhagen conference on climate change in December.

She joined The Witness in 1998, leaving to join the Mail & Guardian in 2000. In 2004, she was appointed a reporter at the Southern African bureau of the United Nations’ Office for Co-ordination for Humanitarian Affairs’ Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), an online global news service headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

After submitting her portfolio of climate change articles on Eritrea, she was chosen as one of the 14 winners. Over 900 environmental print, radio, TV and online professional, citizen journalists, photojournalists and bloggers, from over 145 countries, participated in the competition.

For Kindra, spending time with the villagers in Eritrea’s southern Red Sea region, for the coverage that won the award, is one of her most memorable experiences. She said the Eritreans are probably some of the most resilient people she has come across.

“They work in temperatures which soar beyond 40°C and in very difficult conditions. The country is one of the most food-insecure in the world, and one of the most vulnerable to climate change,” she said.

Kindra says she is also in the running for a people’s choice award.

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