Recipients of 2017 Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowships


Mercy Abang, 32, of Nigeria is a syndicated freelance journalist, reporting on issues facing vulnerable populations. She has been published in the Taz Newspaper of Germany, NewsWireNGR, Sahara Reporters, Premium Times, The Cable, Vanguard Newspaper, DailyTrust Newspaper, BellaNaija, Ynaija,, Pulseng, and other Nigerian media. She has reported on the G20 partnership with Africa summit in Berlin. In Nigeria she has covered communities under siege of the terrorist group Boko Haram, maternal health, poverty, displaced persons and biodiversity. At the United Nations, she is interested in sustainable development goals of ending poverty and hunger and improving health and education. She has a degree in journalism, studied digital storytelling, advertising and public relations. In 2012, she was cited in the Nigerian African Woman magazine as one of 10 Nigerian women to watch.  Her byline on the internet is Mercy Abang.



Zeinab Mohammed Salih, 34, of Sudan is a freelance journalist for websites, mainly The Niles bilingual website, sponsored by Germany. She attended Columbia University and has a master’s degree from Cardiff University in Wales. She has been bylined in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, Editor and Publisher and IRIN, among others. Based in Khartoum, she also investigates jihadist groups in Libya and life in Chad. She has contributed numerous articles to The Guardian: on health clinics in Sudan, on Darfur’s once royal family, on student protests in Sudan, including hunger strikes, on female circumcism, on gang rapes and on the planned execution of a mentally ill man in Somaliland. She has also written on the jailing of Sudanese journalists after the Arab Spring as well as the environment.  Her byline in the internet is Zeinab Mohammed Salih.


Mir Wais Jalalzai, 28, of Afghanistan is a war correspondent, having covered the most dangerous conflicts and devastating events in his country. He works for the Khabarial News in Kabul and is a contributor to TRT World, based in Istanbul, and the Afghanistan Times. He also reports on corruption and human trafficking in both formal languages of Afghanistan (Pashto, Persian). He has master’s degree in public relations and is interested in Asian affairs and conflict resolution studies. He is currently working on a guide book for Afghan journalists on how to report from a war zone and why reporting on conflict matters.  At the United Nations, he looks forward to meetings on Afghanistan and how they are covered by the international media. He has traveled to Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. His byline on the internet is Mir Wais Jalazai.



Ray Mwareya, 34, of Zimbabwe is the news editor for Women Taboos Radio Africa, covering southern Africa. He is a correspondent for Rural Reporters Africa, based in Nigeria, and a contributor to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Equal Times Magazine and the Financial Times. He was the first journalist to receive the UN Global Migration Fair Reporting Award in 2015. A year later, he received a silver medal from the UN Correspondents Association for his “sensitive compelling writing” and the Reporters Without Borders Refuge Scholarship. He has covered digital surveillance, labor trafficking and fish poisoning from Germany to Uganda to Mozambique to Malawi. He is interested on how climate change effects disrupts the rural women incomes and agriculture livelihoods in southern Africa, causing a loss of land, brutal internal migration and hunger.  His byline on the internet is Ray Mwareya.


The journalists will arrive in mid-September and spend 10 weeks covering United Nations deliberations.


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