Women and children often fare the worst during conflict and in refugee situations. This photo essay on Medium features some of the women journalists Internews has worked with in humanitarian crises who have risked their lives or pushed against societal norms to help women's voices be heard.
In an article in Foreign Policy, Josh Machleder, Internews Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and Asia Programs, reflects on the propaganda war in Ukraine, noting that "only truth can beat back Russia's misinformation offensive."
Julia Ding races down the dirt path: beads of sweat pour down her forehead and her face is contorted with fear. She collapses on to her knees outside Nile FM radio station. A tear rolls down her face.
The bullets continue to rain down as staff scramble to lock up the radio station – a large khaki-green tent with a small mast protruding from the top. Humanitarian workers run towards bunkers, while others jump into dried-out ditches for protection.
As the situation unfolds in Nepal, the affected populations need quick, reliable information to aid in their survival and recovery. Government officials estimate the earthquake has resulted in more than 7,500 deaths and 16,000 injuries and affected additional millions, with hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed.
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