Anecdotes of disaster and war zone suffering often pull at the heartstrings and bring in the money for relief, whether it’s private donations or large-scale government responses. However, anecdotes do not tell the full, unique story that each situation deserves, nor do they provide the correct information for a tailored response.
One of our speakers inspires breakthroughs in journalism. Heba Aly is the director of IRIN, one of world’s leading sources of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises. The organization’s stories are often cited by global media outlets due to its reporters’ abilities to dive further into the situation by utilizing their networks on the ground. Heba’s experience in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya give her a unique perspective on the real situation.