Ray Mwareya

International Reporter

I have written on global agriculture, fishing, UN diplomacy, mobile finances digital surveillance, immigration abuses, coffee prices and restorative healthcare for the last 8 years in various places like Zimbabwe, USA, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Malawi and Mozambique.

My work appears in The Guardian, New York Times, Thomson Reuters, Radio Netherlands, UK Daily Mail, China Radio International, The Financial Times, Pillpack Amazon and dozen other publications.

I am honoured to be a recipient of the UN Correspondents Association Media Prize (2016) and the UN Global Migration Fair Reporting Prize (2015).

I have worked for The Global South Development Magazine, The Dag Hammarskjold Journalism Fund, Thomson Reuters Foundation and was the founder and editor of Women Taboos Radio.

I skilful in breaking news, long form journalism, fact-checking and social media management, and HTML/ CSS front end web design and coding.

My primary interest is humanitarian journalism along with online surveillance reporting.

I am available 24 hours for any project on web, radio or TV - by road or air.

Be free to reach out with any media related tasks.

Portfolio
Coda Story
02/26/2019
Zimbabwe Drifts Towards Online Darkness - Coda Story

One year after jubilant residents celebrated in the streets of Harare when Zimbabwe's army removed Robert Mugabe from power, the country is in darkness. Last month, after days of protests over a doubling of fuel prices, security forces launched a crackdown in which 12 people were killed and 600 arrested.

Ricochet
11/08/2018
Bureaucracy stopping church from taking in more refugees | Ricochet

The Catholic Church in Montreal has deposited 800 files to privately sponsor Syrian refugees with the Quebec government. Despite having the funding and volunteers to take them all in, only 30 refugees can arrive, says Sister Alessandra Sandopadre, the envoy of the Archbishop of Montreal.

Religion News Service
12/15/2016
Church condom restrictions in rural Zimbabwe linked to rise in teen pregnancies

This article is part of a series produced for Religion News Service's parent organization Religion News Foundation with support from the Arcus Foundation and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa. It emerged from a November 2016 journalism training workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.

Equal Times
02/25/2016
"Migrant mothers need our help," say South Africa's baby smugglers

Amos Xulu drives the 857-kilometre, 20-hour journey between Johannesburg in South Africa and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe several times a week. Today, as he swerves his Scania bus into the middle lane, he has one hand on the steering wheel; with his other hand, he feeds an infant child porridge.

news.trust.org
07/05/2016
Widows without sons in Mozambique accused of sorcery and robbed of land

Widows from polygamous marriages abused and thrown out of their homes in rural Mozambique By Ray Mwareya CHIKWIDZIRE, Mozambique, July 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After Marcia Madeya's husband died his brothers accused her of witchcraft, stole her fruit trees, crops and goats, and shared them out between his other wives.

Trust
11/25/2015
Electricity blackouts darken prospects for Zimbabwe's students

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe, Nov 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly everyone in Zimbabwe struggles with the country's failing electricity supply, but for many rural young people it may be their future that is at risk of shutting down, experts say. Among the hardest hit by worsening electricity shortages across the country are school students, particularly in rural areas, they say.

Equal Times
02/25/2016
South Africa's "gold slaves"

Nineteen-year-old Agrippa Machako recounts the day a 'recruiter' promised him a job as a hotel chef in Johannesburg, South Africa, over 1000 kilometres away from his hometown of Chipinge in Zimbabwe. Today, the teenager's otherwise youthful face and body bears all the scars of the five months he spent toiling as a "gold slave", 200 metres underground in one of Johannesburg's derelict mines.

Yale
Misuse of Mosquito Nets Stressing Lake Malawi's Fish Populations

By Ray Mwareya Mosquito nets distributed by international aid organizations to fight malaria are being used by some who live along the banks of Lake Malawi to indiscriminately harvest fish, aggravating the lake's already rapidly diminishing fish stock.

Earthisland
05/04/2015
Up in Smoke

In Zimbabwe, a booming tobacco-growing sector threatens the country's forests This year alone, Zimbabwe is expected to earn a record $777 million dollars from tobacco sales, mainly to China. The country's tobacco farmers and tobacco traders be may thrilled, but their joy is an environmental catastrophe for the African country.

Reuters
02/02/2016
Bottled water is 'the new gold' in drought-hit Harare

HARARE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The joke in Harare these days is that more people per square meter are drinking bottled water here - in the drought-hit capital of Zimbabwe - than in wealthy Manhattan. Harare has developed a huge appetite for bottled water.

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