Conrad Fox




first published in The World / BBC World Service on Aug. 22, 2010

Crossing a minefield

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Three thousand villagers in the mountains of NariƱo, southern Mexico, are surrounded by landmines. The explosives were set by ELN rebels after they were attacked by the Colombian army, and have already taken the lives of several residents. Tragically, the villagers, rebels and local authorities had pioneered a peace agreement amongst themselves, and many blame the army for causing the most recent conflict. Those at home are now trapped there. Another group, caught on the outside when the conflict began, are going to make attempt to return. Soldiers warn them against it, but the group carry vital food and medicine, and are determined to pitck their way across a minefield back to their families.

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I'm a journalist, radio producer, project manager, instructor and developer. I've reported from Latin America and the Caribbean and my work has taken me across a minefield, into a gunfight, a dugout canoe and inside the homes of many brave and generous people. I have taught journalism, English, soccer, physics, robotics, anthropology and storytelling in board rooms, classrooms, lecture halls, playing fields and mud huts. I am also a developer, working an several software tools for education and journalism. I divide my time between Mexico and Canada.

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Conrad is a reporter's reporter - courageous, compassionate and creative. No easy press conferences for him. Conrad takes on assignments that might scare off others and always delivers. A first-rate storyteller.

Leda Hartman

Public media editor and journalist, USA