Ergo's Mogadishu correspondent scoops humanitarian reporting awardPhoto | Radio Ergo's Mogadishu reporter Aweis Haji Nor receiving his award from Amal Foundation
Radio Ergo’s Mogadishu correspondent, Aweis Haji Nor, has won a special award from a local foundation for raising the importance of humanitarian reporting in Somalia.
The Amal Foundation, a charitable group made up of clerics, doctors, teachers and youth, awarded a certificate of appreciation to Aweis on 16 February.
“It is the first time I have won an award for my humanitarian reporting and it has really motivated me to continue because it shows people appreciate my work,” Aweis told Radio Ergo. “I chose to be a journalist focusing on humanitarian news, whereas most other journalists are interested in covering politics.”
Amal’s director, Sheikh Abdul Hayi Sheikh Adam, said Aweis’s reporting for Radio Ergo during 2016 was exemplary.
“This was not a competitive award for journalists. Our board decided that Aweis deserved it for broadcasting humanitarian news,” he said.
Some examples of the reporting singled out by the foundation were Aweis’s story about a girl with eye cancer for whom listeners raised funds to get treatment in India. Although she later died, the family were grateful for the response the report drew. Also, a report about a rural woman with fistula, who came to Mogadishu to seek medical attention and was unable to raise enough money to support herself in the city. Again, the Radio Ergo broadcast helped raise funds to support her through her treatment.
Aweis, 25, has been in journalism since 2009. He started working with Radio Ergo in September 2015. Last year he reported on the positive steps being taken by Somali refugees back from Yemen to rebuild their lives and set up new businesses in Mogadishu, and on the transformative effects of education on the lives of blind and deaf children.
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