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There's something kind of wrong happening with news today.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been at war since 1996. This war is the second deadliest war since WW2. But we hardly ever hear about it in the media.
6 million people and their deaths and suffering are hardly ever mentioned.
Why is that?

Editors have told me that readers just don't care about what's happening in Africa.
But i think they're wrong.

In August i'm going to the Congo with the experienced war correspondent Øjvind Kyrø.

I'm going to report on a variety of stories including
- The new Intervention Brigade, deployed by the UN. These peacekeepers have a right to shoot, the first time this mandate has been given in the history of the UN.
- How war crimes in the Congo help make your smart phone.
-What it's like to be a woman in the Congo, the rape capital of the world, where two out of three women have been sexually assaulted.

My stories will be published online, in print and broadcast on the radio. But the amount i'll get paid for this is about as much as Gina Rinehart uses to wipe her arse.

This is just some of the costs involved, in AUD:

Press card: $270
Vaccinations: $250
Visa: $191
Fixer: $800
Malaria pills: $150
Flights: $2000

I can even get warzone insurance, including cool benefits like kidnapping insurance for $294.

Through a grant and work i've got the money for about half of it.

So i need your help.

Watch the video, check out my story.

Donate now. If you do, you'll get some sweet personalized rewards from me. Aside from that, you'll be helping to train a young war correspondent, so that in the future, stories like the war in the Congo are told.






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A$5 +A sincere, public thankyou on Facebook and Twitter
4 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$10 +A public thankyou on Facebook and Twitter, and i'll buy you a drink when i see you next.
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2013
A$20 +Everything above and a handwritten postcard from me in Africa.
27 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$50 +You can have any one of my amazing personal collection of books on Africa , so you can be completely in the know about the various conflicts.
6 Chosen | 14 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$70 +A signed, framed photo of Øjvind Kyrø and i reporting from the field in the DRC.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$100 +I'll be your editor, and read, review and edit any piece of writing you have. This can be articles, essays for school or uni, speeches.
2 Chosen | 18 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$150 +A crash course in journalism including how to write an article, how to edit an article and how to pitch to editors. BONUS: Includes special useful tips on how to behave in a war zone.
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$250 +I'll send you a special souvenir from the DRC. If you have a request, i can try and get it. If not, leave it up to me to surprise you.Don't worry it'll be good.
2 Chosen | 18 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013
A$300 +I'll make you a delicious African meal when i get back. Food poisoning not included.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2013
A$500 +You will receive a signed, kissed, first edition of my first published book. (note, this reward might take some time to deliver...i'm working on it ok!)
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2013
A$1000 +This is the big one. If you donate this much, you get a chance to act as my editor. That means you can choose any story you want me to report on in the DRC and i'll do it, just for you. You choose the medium- radio, video or print. After that it's yours. Read it,publish it, keep it under your bed, paper mache it, turn it into a small paper cape for your bedside lamp. It's yours.
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2013