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Veronique Mistiaen

Award-winning journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

I write about human rights, social and humanitarian issues, global development and the environment.

Reporting from across the developing world, as well as Europe, I tell stories of survival, resistance, environmental activism and economic empowerment. I like to explore solutions rather than merely exposing problems. I am bilingual English/French.

My work has been published in The Guardian, Economist, Newsweek, 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.

Need a freelance? Contact me at [email protected]

Portfolio
Aljazeera
10/18/2020
Yemen's 'microgrid girls' power community amid war and COVID-19

A women-run solar station near the front line in Abs is empowering its owners and improving life in their community. "The role of women was housework only," laments Huda Othman Hassan, a young woman from Abs, a rural district in the north of Yemen, near the border with Saudi Arabia.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Telegraph Magazine
16/06/2007
Mother Courage

Haiti has the highest HIV/Aids levels outside Africa, but efforts at prevention and treatment are hamstrung by fear, superstition and the armed gangs that rule the slums. We followed a group of women who dare to care.

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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