This morning I came across this article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/06/03/177503511/For-Young-Somali...
titled " For Young Somali Journalists, Work Often Turns Deadly"
I want to bring this article to everyone's attention not only for its content, but for its structure and style, as it's a great example of independent, clear citizen journalism.
In my home country, Colombia, being a journalist is one of the most dangerous professions there is and the rate of killings is much much higher than the one is Somalia, as I say this I believe every correspondent should be informed of the dynamics of the media in their home country and remember their safety is first.
My plea to everyone is please don't let your heart go over your better judgment; as Abdi Uud, Shabelle's 38-year-old news director, says: " "The young people are passionate about this work... if a person is passionate, (s)he doesn't care if (s)he'll be killed or not."
This program is a great chance for everyone to connect and take advantage of all the resources in hand that World Pulse and the Mentors are offering but I just want to give away one tip that I got working as a shelter advocate for the YWCA taking emergency calls "when you are safety planning with the person on the other side of the phone, ask her, 'what do you think is the safest way to get out of there'? In those dangerous situations no one knows their situation better than the callers themselves, as advocates we didn't know if they had a window they could crack open, a neighbor to call, a room to hide or an specific time to leave the house, and time was a sensitive resource.
I ask everyone to please read this article and reflect on it, as it has helped me touch base with the challenges of not only this profession but life purpose.
I hope everyone is having a good day. Thank you!