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Rosie-Lyse Thompson

Amman, Jordan
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About Rosie-Lyse
Rosie-Lyse Thompson is a multimedia journalist based in Amman, Jordan and travels throughout the Middle East. She has professional experience in both field and news production and has spent the past five years in the Middle East covering stories focused on the humanitarian and security fallout of the conflict in Syria. Her work has been published on various international media outlets, including Al Jazeera English, AJ+, The New York Times,  The Huffington Post, Associated Press, Channel News Asia, VICE, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Sky Arabia, and BBC Arabic. Rosie speaks Levantine Arabic at an advanced level and in 2012 graduated top of her year with a first class distinction in MA Television Journalism from Goldsmiths College, the University of London. She is a recent Rory Peck fellow and holds an up-to-date Surviving Hostile Regions and Emergency First Aid certificate. She shoots on a Canon C100 Mark II and a Canon 5D Mark III and edits on Premier Pro and Photoshop.
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The cowboys roaming the deserts of Bahrain

11 Jul 2022  |  www.euronews.com
In Bahrain, a group of cowboy enthusiasts, influenced by Western films and the iconic American cowboy lifestyle, regularly meet to practice horse-riding, prepare traditional food, and share their passion for cowboy culture. This subculture, dating back to the 1970s, has over 300 members who participate in reining competitions and other events. They hope for official recognition of their sport by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation. The community's spirit of brotherhood plays a significant role in its growing popularity.

Qatar's first male fashion designer leads cultural change and inspires a generation

02 May 2022  |  euronews.com
Fahad Al Obaidly, Qatar's pioneering male fashion designer, has been instrumental in leading cultural change and inspiring a new generation. With a passion for fashion ignited in his youth, Fahad pursued his studies in Europe due to the absence of male fashion designers in Qatar. Upon returning in 2014, he launched his menswear brand, FAO, and became the Head of Public Programmes at M7, an incubation hub for fashion and design established by Qatar Museums under the leadership of Sheikha Al Mayassa. M7 supports local designers with training, workshops, and spaces to succeed and export internationally, reflecting the Qatari government's investment in the creative economy.

Meet the rock band shining a light on the people of Gaza's struggles

24 Jan 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Osprey V, potentially the first rock band in Gaza, is composed of young men from various professions who self-taught music and formed the band to express the Palestinian suffering through rock music. Despite challenges such as power outages, equipment scarcity, and societal conservatism, they have successfully held concerts and participated in international events. They aim to inspire and connect globally, singing in English to reach a wider audience and aspiring to perform on international stages.

The Indonesian conservationists saving endangered gibbons

03 Jan 2022  |  www.euronews.com
A group of young Indonesians on Java island, under the non-profit Swara Owa, are working to conserve endangered silvery gibbons and their habitats. With over 90% of the gibbons' habitat used for human activities, Swara Owa's initiatives like the Coffee and Primate Conservation Project offer economic alternatives to hunting and illegal logging. The project promotes coffee harvesting under forest canopies and beekeeping, providing sustainable livelihoods and aiding in gibbon conservation. Swara Owa also conducts gibbon-watching and field research, contributing to the understanding and preservation of the species. The organization's efforts demonstrate that environmental conservation and human development can coexist.

Defying the odds - meet the refugee turned game designer

25 Oct 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Lual Mayen, a former refugee from South Sudan, became a game designer and CEO of Junub Games in Washington DC. His mother, Nyantet Daruka, saved money to buy him a laptop, which he used to teach himself coding and game design. His first game, 'Salaam', gained viral success and led to his career in the gaming industry. Junub Games now creates mobile games for peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The upcoming version of Salaam allows players to experience the journey of a refugee. Lual also founded the Lual Mayen Foundation, which, with a donation from Unity Technologies, is setting up a tech centre in Uganda to help refugees gain tech employment.

Surf Ghana: meet the skateboarding collective making waves in Africa

27 Sep 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Surf Ghana, an NGO and collective founded by French national Sandy Alibo, is making significant strides in youth empowerment and the development of skateboarding in Ghana. The collective, which includes graphic designers, architects, filmmakers, stylists, and photographers, supports skateboarders and provides them with career opportunities. The skateboarding scene in Ghana has grown, with initiatives like the Skate Gal Club fostering a more inclusive environment. The upcoming Freedom Skate Park in Accra, West Africa's first skate park, aims to further boost the sport and sustainable tourism. It will also serve as a training ground for potential Ghanaian Olympic skateboarders.

Jordanian women imprisoned in name of family honour

16 Aug 2017  |  DNA India
In Jordan, women at risk of honour crimes are often imprisoned for their own protection under a 60-year-old law. An estimated 65 percent of female inmates are held for such reasons. Despite recent legal reforms, including abolishing a law allowing rapists to marry their victims to avoid punishment, women's rights groups argue for stronger penalties and better protection services. Many women in protective custody are forced into marriages as their only path to freedom, which can lead to further abuse. Plans for a protection shelter have been announced, but implementation is pending.

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