angesom teklu

Angesom Teklu is a Citizen Journalist from Eritrea and currently a candidate in the MA Program in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Angesom has worked as an underground journalist in Eritrea, a country that is among the 10 most serious violators of press freedom in the world, according to Freedom House’s latest press freedom report.  Angesom has written underground news articles, journals, opinion pieces and analyses on a variety of issues. He also trained youth from Eritrea in Journalism 101, photo journalism, video journalism and New Media. Because of his work, he was arrested, tortured and detained several times.  In 2018, Angesom was recognized as a Forbes Under 30 scholar, and in 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Civil Society Leadership Award from the Open Society Foundations. He holds a Master’s Certificate in Journalism and New Media training from the Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism.


hend nafea

Hend Nafea is an Egyptian human rights advocate. She is a former fellow at National Endowment for Democracy. Hend is also the founder and former executive director of the U.S.-based NGO Human Rights Port, which provides support and protection for human rights defenders and civil society activists in Egypt and the greater Middle East. She is also the co-founder of Watan Bila Ta’azib (‘A Nation without Torture’), a campaign that seeks to bring an end to torture in Egypt.

As a journalist, Hend reported on political prisoners, human rights violations and anti-government demonstrations carried out by laborers and other social groups not covered by the mainstream media. Because of her participation in the 2011 uprisings against former president Hosni Mubarak, Hend was arrested, tortured, and later sentenced in absentia to 25 years in prison. She has been profiled in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the 2015 documentary feature film The Trials of Spring. Hend received the Civil Society Leadership Award from the Open Society Foundations and she is currently a graduate student at Brandeis University completing a dual degree in Conflict Resolution & Coexistence and Sustainable international Development.

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