I am a freelance multimedia journalist and filmmaker with an eye for news and a special focus on Africa and Europe. I am based in Dakar, Senegal, from where I cover mainly West-Africa. I am skilled in producing, reporting, filming, writing and editing. I can make audio and video for broadcast or the web to a very high standard. I also shoot my own photographs. I have an extensive knowledge of the region and good contacts. See examples of my work at www.aidagrovestins.com
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Overcrowded prisons, poor conditions for the inmates and long pre-trial detention periods are issues throughout West Africa. In Senegal, the issue has led to prisoner protests and calls for reform.
Trailer of my documentary film 'Quitte le Pouvoir', 2014, '46 Synopsis: The film follows 'Y'en a marre' ('We're Fed Up'), a collective of rappers and journalists, that mobilizes the Senegalese youth to register and vote Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade out of power in the 2012 elections. In 2011 Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade declares that he will run for a third term in the elections. Knowing full well that the Consitution does not allow it. ‘Y’en a marre’ (Fed Up’) is founded that same year. Using music and door-to-door campaigns, ‘Y’en a marre’ calls upon the youth to engage politically and demonstrate against Wade’s candidacy.
Feature published by IRIN for their series on forgotten conflicts. "Why landmines keep on killing in Senegal"
'A victim's testimony' with photo published by Justice Hub / RNW. On May 30 2016 Chad’s former dictator Hissène Habré got a life sentence for crimes against humanity, murder and torture in Senegal’s capital Dakar. It took 26 years, but Chadian torture survivor Souleymane Guengueng testified at the trial of his former dictator. Without him, the landmark trial would not have taken place. He was instrumental in gathering the evidence.
Published by Justice Hub / RNW. Reed Brody on victim's long quest to bring Hissène Habré to justice.
Published by Winq Magazine. Gays in Senegal can get free HIV tests at Dutch residency in Dakar on World AIDS Day, 2014
Photo published by Al Jazeera English
Shot for Human Rights Watch in Senegal. Start of the Habré Trial in Dakar in July 2015
Produced, shot and edited for IRIN News' multimedia series on Forgotten Conflicts
Shot this video for Reuters. Senegalese risking their lives in migrant exodus despite stability at home.
co-produced and shot this video for IRIN News. The Gravedigger and the President. Clement Abaifouta, 55, has been waiting nearly 25 years to put one question to Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad: “Why did you arrest me?”
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