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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Hello. I'm a journalist, radio producer and teacher. I've worked in Latin America and the Caribbean for most of my career. My work has taken me across a minefield, into a gunfight, paddling a dugout canoe and inside the homes of many brave and generous people. I have also produced several major international reporting projects where a large part of my job was recruiting and mentoring local reporters. I love teaching, and besides journalism, I have taught soccer, robotics, anthropology and English.

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Working with Conrad brought out the best in me. He's very patient and very professional. He's really passionate about radio and he's always ready to venture into dangerous territory to get information that will make his story clear to his listeners.

Phares Jerome

Editor, Le Nouvelliste, Haiti

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