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Veronique Mistiaen

Award-winning journalist and storyteller

Location icon United Kingdom

I write about human rights, social and humanitarian issues, global development and the environment, seeking out stories that are overlooked by established media.

Reporting from across the developing world, as well as Europe, I focus on communities and people struggling to adapt to changing and difficult circumstances, telling their stories of survival, resistance, environmental activism and economic empowerment - amplifying their voices. And I like to explore solutions rather than merely exposing problems.

My work has been published in The Economist, Newsweek, The Guardian, Times, Telegraph, BBC News, Financial Times’ This is Africa, Thomson Reuters Foundation, New Internationalist, Positive News, Le Monde, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and many other publications.

Portfolio
New Internationalist
07/05/2019
Protecting the 'lungs of West Africa'

I've asked environmental lawyer Alfred Brownell why he has risked everything to protect Liberia's rainforest and the indigenous communities who live there, from palm oil destruction. He now lives in exile in the US.

the Guardian
09/17/2017
'I can't wait to work, but I'm not allowed to': young refugees on living in limbo

What is it like to grow up in an Afghan village with no water or electricity, then to find yourself alone in London at 18, not speaking a word of English? How does it feel to have to wait for life to begin because you can't get a driving licence, go to university or find a job until you get your papers?

Positive News
03/05/2019
Keeping the mountains alive: saving the Apuan Alps - Positive News

In Italy, people are reclaiming the once-magnificent Apuan Alps. They are trying to put a stop to destructive marble mining, re-populate abandoned villages and to build an alternative economy From close up, the soaring opencast quarries in Tuscany's Apuan Alps look like colossal ice fortresses on another planet.

Newsweek
03/27/2015
Michaelangelo's Marble Is Being Sold Cheap by Industrialists

One morning, citizens of this small Tuscan city, tucked away on the western slopes of the Apuan Alps in northern Italy, awoke to a strange protest. Grievance signs in blood-red letters had appeared overnight on the city's statutes.

The Telegraph
12/03/2015
Meet the Queen Mothers: 10,000 amazing women taking back power in Africa

The women came from the far corners of the country by the dozen, from traffic-choked Accra, bustling market towns and remote rural villages - with huge golden rings on their fingers and rows of beads around their necks. 'We wear a lot of gold and pearls to signify that we are precious,' says one with a grin.

Broadly
03/09/2018
This Girl Band Is Thriving Despite a Racist Hate Campaign Against Them

Yegna member Teref Kassahun, whose stage name is Melat, hugs a fan. All photos by Aron Simeneh, courtesy of Yegna It's noon in Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara region in north-western Ethiopia, and four young women in bright dresses sing and twirl on a low stage.

Le Monde.fr
02/18/2016
Au Ghana, les " reines mères " reprennent le pouvoir et font bouger la société

Reportage Autrefois gardiennes des traditions, ces dirigeantes de village ont modernisé leur rôle et se battent pour améliorer la condition féminine. Le Monde.fr * Comme elle, les quelque 10 000 reines mères du Ghana reprennent leur pouvoir ancestral et font évoluer la condition sociale et économique des femmes et des enfants à travers le pays et sur l'ensemble du continent.

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