In this unusual but inspired piece, published in the Herald Magazine, Lucy Adams leads readers to peer into a murky world of traditional values, where the barbaric torture and murder of those said to be practicing the occult remain commonplace.
In Ghana – a country lauded in recent times for its rapid development – more than 1 000 women spend their days in what are known as ‘witch camps’. Ostracised and persecuted by the communities to which they formerly belonged, local pastors and an often manipulated citizens act as judge, jury and executioner.
United Nations reports suggest that accusations of sorcery are on the increase in sub-Saharan Africa. Adams claims that many of the accusations are entirely spurious, made only in order to rid deprived areas of old, infirm and dependent women. The Grand Jury called the article ‘a brilliant and disturbing piece of journalism’, showing how strong the women are and ‘not just presenting them as victims’.Léase el artículo
Featured in Paris Match, Frédéric Loore’s article highlights the case of thousands of Romanian children who arrive in Belgium every year in search of a better life, only to be met with a different – often brutal – reality. To understand how these young people get drawn into prostitution and crime, Loore travelled to Romania, where he uncovered the systematic exploitation of minors for profit by family members and criminal gangs.
The Grand Jury appreciated Loore’s exposure of a serious human rights issue in the heart of Europe.Léase el artículo
For more than 10 years, Rohingya refugees – driven out of Myanmar on religious grounds – have lived in camps in neighbouring Bangladesh and Thailand. Published in Zazpika, Javier Arcenillas’ article chronicles the difficulties encountered by a displaced population with no place to call home. Often unwelcome in both their native and adopted lands, the Rohingya are defenceless and forgotten victims of circumstance.
Arcenillas raises awareness of this complex and enduring injustice with no apparent solution, with the Grand Jury praising the unique choice of theme for the article and the high-quality of the piece.Léase el artículo