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  • On normal — and whether it can mean turning that radio down? | Jina Moore
    of flexibility Meanwhile life in Kigali plods on It s dry and dusty and I m told sideways that Rwandans are laughing at all us Americans insisting on walking around in our sandals and when I take mine off and I have to rush immediately to the bath tub and wash my feet I know why But the weather is crisp and cool and perfect sorry America where I know many of you are baking and sometimes if you re at an outdoor cafe and the wind blows right you can catch this special smell in the air at dusk My cultural struggle of the week yes this week which sounds so dramatic in the news is about the radio This man who plays his radio so loudly is driving me bonkers And it s a cultural confusion because I ve been told that to speak softly is a sign of respect here Sometimes this is hard for an American like me because we don t know how to hear people who aren t almost shouting So when someone is being very respectful we also have to work very hard to listen That s speech Radio appears to run by an entirely different set of rules The guard here has the radio up full blast which means it s scratchy and at 8 am it was on some sort of Phil Collins loop which is horrifying enough any other time of day but especially when you re doing the groggy morning thing It usually comes on at about 5 30 am then shuts off and then back around 7 am and off and then full blast from 8 am forward I know this because it wakes me up every time it goes on and I will myself back to sleep which works until it comes on again Sometimes I wake up spontaneously and think It s time to get up But then I realize it s quiet and I decide to celebrate this special time by getting a little extra sleep in silence But no I don t want to ask him to turn it down It keeps him company I m only staying here a few days and I can hack it This is more his place than mine Though there was just a woman shrieking on the radio and I thought it was real I rushed to the kitchen where this lovely Rwandan lady is getting ready for some cooking and said This woman Is she ok She has a problem You hear it She said On the radio Atch Emmanuel he is giving music to the whole neighborhood She shouts a few things and now suddenly silence Which can only mean A small nap Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Email Bio Latest Posts Jina Moore By way of introduction the word jina means name in Swahili and the overcomer in Sanskrit Global Women s Rights reporter BuzzFeedNews Africa adjacent Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Latest

    Original URL path: http://www.jinamoore.com/2010/08/13/normal-turning-radio/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Rwandans in Congo? “They’re all around us” | Jina Moore
    favorite elements land conflict cows in terrifying combination Don t say she didn t warn you UPDATE Follow that with a dose of great analysis by TexasinAfrica who points out It s also important to remember that Congolese politicians have a long history of manipulating fears of a Rwandaphone invasion to strengthen their political positions As Tegera points out North Kivu politicians are engaging in blatant fear mongering in order to strengthen their political positions Legislative and presidential elections are scheduled for 2011 and the Congolese government at just about every level is unpopular in the Kivus primarily because Kabila ran on a platform of bringing peace to the region in 2006 Contrary to their expectations when the region voted for him at above 90 rates most residents of the Kivus have experienced more insecurity since 2006 not less Politicians in the Kivus have an incentive to stir up emotions in the electorate and dredging up the spectre of a longstanding enemy is a surefire way to win support Tags cattle cndp conflict Congo land Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Email Bio Latest Posts Jina Moore By way of introduction the word jina means name in Swahili and the overcomer in Sanskrit Global Women s Rights reporter BuzzFeedNews Africa adjacent Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Latest Posts By Jina Moore Turns out FGM is for men Praise posts From the Department of Gentle Suggestions Previous article Boozing it up in the third world The mix tape Next article A Comparative Guide to Grenade Attacks in Burundi Rwanda You may also like How Rwandan Women Got Their Power Star Studded London Summit Won t End Sexual Violence Without Survivor Voices Nobel Winners Say Rwanda s Keeper of the Dead Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not

    Original URL path: http://www.jinamoore.com/2010/06/07/rwandans-congo/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Whither democracy in Burundi? | Jina Moore
    election commission still hasn t released a final report though its preliminary numbers give the ruling party 64 percent of the vote Now the opposition is doing a kind of reverse campaigning going to the countryside and urging people to boycott what they say will be a sham election Or at least that s what they re trying to do But they keep getting intercepted by government forces Last week they were turned away from Ngozi So before they set out for Rugembe they spread a rumor that they were going to demonstrate during Ban Ki Moon s visit The idea was to distract the police so they could get to Rugembe and give some speeches it didn t work and they were sent back again Or so I m told It s hard to tell fact from fiction around here Unless things are done at press conferences like when the Minister of the Interior whom the opposition alleges really controls the independent electoral commission decreed that anyone not running for president can t campaign any more But the presidential election isn t the last one Burundians will vote July in two separate votes for senators and parliamentarians and in September for local level leaders No one quite understands yet if the opposition is boycotting those elections too or conversely if the Minister of Interior has just subtly ensured that no one but the ruling party is in the forefront of people s minds leading into the late July polls Stay tuned Tags bujumbura Burundi cndd fdd elections fraud nkurunziza vote Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Email Bio Latest Posts Jina Moore By way of introduction the word jina means name in Swahili and the overcomer in Sanskrit Global Women s Rights reporter BuzzFeedNews Africa adjacent Website Twitter

    Original URL path: http://www.jinamoore.com/2010/06/11/democracy-burundi/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Ugandan journalist missing, held by anti-terrorism force, sources say | Jina Moore
    journalists who attempted to extort money from public officials You see journalists here in Uganda are not saints like you western journalists Maybe just maybe there is a side to him that the public knows not Maybe he was abducted by non state criminal elements But again this is Africa Journalists are supposed to be jailed beaten and murdered for their work Anything short of that would not make interesting reading for your largely western audience In fact I would take them for a ride myself if i were you So go for it girl I observed you were careful about what you wrote about Rwanda Jina maybe you should try filing reports like these about Rwanda where you are based just to see what happens when armchair journalism runs afoul of a state that pays particular attention to what is being written about it Reply Jina Moore says November 11 2010 at 6 59 am I appreciate the biting sarcasm but a few points are in order 1 I know via the venerable African literary magazine Kwani Kalundi to have been arrested at least once under the Amin I understand from Kwani that Kalundi was murdered in 1980 This information is corroborated in other reputable sources you re welcome to your own opinion 2 I state in this piece that Nzito had been working for only two months at the station I was told by HRNJ that he is a crime reporter who occasionally covers political opposition I do not believe I made him sound like a big name political show host 3 I have indeed heard about that recent wave of arrests You are free to speculate about who you believe arrested Nzito I relied for that information on HRNJ who is in touch with various Ugandan authorities on the matter 4 I vehemently disagree with your assessment that African journalists should be jailed beaten and murdered even if it was sarcastic I disbelieve your implication that the governments and or private entities who persecute journalists in this fashion do so so that western audience s will have something to read in fact I believe that such institutions have far more to gain from suppressing information domestically than from entertaining to adopt your approach global readers It is probably also worth pointing out that these reports discredit governments in the eyes of many worldwide as the many indices that track press and political freedom will attest Finally I resent your disrespect for my African colleagues across the continent who work under difficult and dangerous circumstances 5 I ve written about journalism in Rwanda on this blog before My own view is that the situation is not as dire as some have made it out to be and indeed very much unlike what s been reported about Uganda lately Reply Patrick says November 11 2010 at 7 51 am Now isn t it an unwritten rule that information taken from a blog or activists site should be taken with

    Original URL path: http://www.jinamoore.com/2010/11/10/ugandan-journalist-missing-held-antiterrorism-force-sources/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Things worth thinking about: Who are the “ungrievable”? | Jina Moore
    is no great sense that a heinous act and egregious loss have taken place My question is how do we understand this nefarious distinction that gets set up between grievable and ungrievable lives Okay I m thinking out loud here but what the hell Come along If you take out warring powers at least and maybe egregious loss but maybe not if you don t straight off substitute journalism as the agent of the sentence these are fair questions to put to me and my colleagues The conflict journalism written from Africa in the 1990s you could say immediately sets up its subjects as socially dead or already lost not just to the inevitability of the violence at play but to their own history think the profession s favorite explanation of Rwanda ancient tribal hatreds And how could a journalist who doesn t know the country have any sense of what egregious loss has taken place It s impossible and thereby impossible for us to impart that sense And even if we could it would be hard to professionalize that Heinous act though we all should know and do and it s no surprise than that the journalists who covered say Rwanda s genocide revisited it later reflectively either in overt memoirs or in the kind of work that lets one exercise regret thinking here of the return by the video journalist who took the only known footage of a killing during the genocide to try and find out what happened to the people in his frames But the moral stance that allows us to recognize a heinous act is not allowed into our copy So how do we as journalists with all of our obligations to subject and reader and record be sure we re not part of setting

    Original URL path: http://www.jinamoore.com/2010/06/04/worth-thinking-ungrievable/ (2016-04-26)
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  • WHO | Jina Moore
    Taken Seriously By Jina Moore August 5 2014 Five months after the start of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history global response measures are beginning to be scaled up Read More BuzzFeed Ebola Global Health Liberia Reporting September 11 2014 How Global Health Failed as the Ebola Outbreak Took Hold By Jina Moore Liberians have been sounding the alarm for weeks Why has real action on Ebola been so slow

    Original URL path: http://www.jinamoore.com/tag/who/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Stuffing yourself | Jina Moore
    What color blue is this Glenna Glenna Um cheap blue There s a lovely kitenga hanging on the wall a fabric with blue flowers and fish and a sandstone red background Her new table Matches that red Which is to say Glenna totally lives here in a way I haven t really started living in Kigali It s also to say that I m way more attached to stuff than I thought I was I like my little house but now that I ve seen a home with things on the walls and paint and a general feeling of permanence I miss that I also miss my red corduroy futon back in New York but that s never making the trip so I ll have to learn to make do It s a pity that material objects suggest permanence to me perhaps it s because I like so many of my generational compatriots have moved 10 times in the last 10 years When you do that you realize that the more things you have the more likely you are to stay somewhere simply because you don t want to pack them Acquiring crap will commit you to a place usually accidentally I don t want that much stuff in Kigali But some light green walls and sigh a pair of fitted sheets that might be nice for a year or two Tags materialism Uganda Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Email Bio Latest Posts Jina Moore By way of introduction the word jina means name in Swahili and the overcomer in Sanskrit Global Women s Rights reporter BuzzFeedNews Africa adjacent Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Latest Posts By Jina Moore Turns out FGM is for men Praise posts From the Department of Gentle Suggestions Previous article I conquered the

    Original URL path: http://www.jinamoore.com/2008/06/18/stuffing-yourself/ (2016-04-26)
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  • elections | Jina Moore
    March 31 2015 These Two Men s Names Will Never Be The Same After Nigeria s Election By Jina Moore The election commission chairman and a former presidential appointee get remixed on Twitter On Monday morning Godsday Orubebe a former appointee of President Read More African Politics BuzzFeed Nigeria Reporting March 30 2015 Election Monitors Raise Doubts As Nigeria Counts Votes By Jina Moore A former top State Department official also suggested the final count may be vulnerable to cyberattack BuzzFeed News Jina Moore reports from Nigeria ABUJA Read More African Politics BuzzFeed Nigeria Reporting March 29 2015 After the Election I Feel Awesomely Proud To Be Nigerian By Brian Compton Nigeria s hotly contested election actually went pretty smoothly despite what you may have heard Jina Moore is in Abuja Nigeria for BuzzFeed News Nigerians Read More African Politics BuzzFeed Nigeria Reporting March 28 2015 Nigerians Drive Home to Vote If They Can Find Fuel By Jina Moore Fuel shortages aren t uncommon in Africa s biggest economy Then again driving isn t often an act of democracy ABUJA Nigeria In the heart of Read More African Politics BuzzFeed Nigeria Reporting March 28 2015 These Are the People Tracking What to Believe About Nigeria s Election By Jina Moore Civil society groups local and international are monitoring Nigeria s presidential election BuzzFeed News Jina Moore follows them through the day from Abuja ABUJA Nigeria Read More Uganda February 27 2011 In Uganda a new inflation in the price of votes By Jina Moore A must read from Joachim Buwembo in The East African Buwembo notices that as the Ugandan shilling tanks the value of the Ugandan vote is Read More Uganda January 16 2011 Ugandan Opposition If the ruling party can steal votes we can totally plagiarize By Jina

    Original URL path: http://www.jinamoore.com/tag/elections/ (2016-04-26)
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