ray mwareya

International Journalist

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Ray Mwareya

Ray Mwareya is the 2016 Winner of the UN Correspondents Association Media Prize awarded by UN Sec Gen. Ban Ki Moon, and he is the first reporter in the world to wn the UN Global Migration Fair Reporting Prize.

Ray is Editor+Founder of Women Taboos Radio Africa and News Correspondent for Inperspective Media - and freelancer for Thomson Reuters Foundation, London Guardian, New York Times, UK Daily Mail, Equal Times Magazine, Groundup News South Africa, Think Africa Press, Huffington Post, London Financial Tmes, Equal Times Magazine Brussels, and dozens others.

I have also been nominated for the prestigious European Union Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, shortlisted for Canada Portenier Human Rights Bursary, nominated for Britain's Kurt Schork Memorial Journalism Prize and won the Silicon Valley Singularity University Global Impact Fellow, won the Rosa Luxemborg Foundation Digital Journalism Fellowship, the Transparency International Investigating Land Corruption Fellowship, the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting Taboos Fellowship, the CIPESA.ORG Internet Freedom in Africa Fellowship, and the Religious News Foundation Reporting Taboos Fellowship and the Reporter Ohne Grenzen Germany Rest and Refuge Scholarship.

I have reported in Germany, Cuba, Angola, Somalia, Swaziland, Uganda, Southern Africa. I cover the whole countries of Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, East and Southern Africa.

I handle breaking news, politics, long form feature stories, investigations, business news, features, video and audio reporting, health and science journalism, culture, data journalism and online media audience engagement.

My primary interest is humanitarian journalism, women health and data journalism and how it affects readers participation especially in Africa.

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

Feel free to pitch me.

Religion News Service
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
Poisoned profits: decades later Zambians pay the terrible cost of lead mining

For decades, mining has formed the backbone of Zambia's economy, accounting for 12 per cent of its GDP and 70 per cent of its export earnings. But however much Zambia earns in export revenues as Africa's largest producer of copper and cobalt, for residents of the town of Kabwe, the cost is too much to bear.

Equal Times
"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.

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.

Equal Times
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.

Africa Agribusiness
Somalia - Farming Against Fighting - Africa Agribusiness

Story by Ray Mwareya The writer Ray Mwareya is the Africa news correspondent for the Global South Development Magazine Farak Doudi, 56, swings a rifle and cleans a water canal that washes into his banana fruit plantation. He marvels at the yellow banana trunks that sag over the waterway.

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.

Barza Wire
Zimbabwe: Moneylenders step in where banks refuse to tread

Tawanda Gwata is terrified. The 42-year-old farmer borrowed $6,800 US to grow three hectares of Virginia tobacco. But then, he says, "The rains ruined my crop's leaves. I only reaped $3,100 [at auction]." Now he is waiting in fear for the moneylender.

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.

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.

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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