By Lillian Williams
Solange Lusiku Nsimire demonstrates the mettle it takes to operate as a journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
As reported by Eleanor Klibanoff for NPR, this mother of six has endured endures threats and other acts of intimidation in an effort to publish news in her country. She fearlessly writes about unjust governmental policies, discrimination against women and other acts of repression in her country.
Recently she won the Courage in Journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.
In a question-answer session with Klibanoff for NPR, Lusiku Nsimire describes the 24-hour life expectancy of journalists:
Q: You once gave a speech in Belgium where you said that in the DRC, a journalist’s “life expectancy is 24 hours, renewable.” How do you live with that understanding, and how does it affect the work you do?
A: The 24-hour life expectancy is not just for journalists of the Congo, it’s for any Congolese person, particularly in Eastern Congo. At any time, armed people can come to your house and just kill you. Since most of these murders and killings happen at night, every morning that we wake up, we thank God that we are still alive that day. If in other countries, life expectancy is 90 years, but we have 24 hours, we must work hard so that we can accomplish in those 24 hours what other people have 90 years to accomplish.
Read Klibanoff’s entire interview with Lusiku Nsimire here.
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