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About Sarah
Sarah Fluck is a freelance multimedia journalist - currently based in Kampala. Mainly reporting from Uganda, DRC, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya. MSc in African Politics from SOAS, London. BA in Journalism from IAM, Winterthur. Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from MAZ, Luzern.
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The Behring Case

01 Oct 2023  |  www.bernerzeitung.ch
The article discusses the new Tamedia podcast series 'Der Grosse Bluff' by journalists Sarah Fluck and Vanessa Sadecky, which investigates the financial fraudster Dieter Behring. The series is featured in an episode of the daily podcast 'Apropos,' hosted by Mirja Gabathuler. The first episode of 'Der Grosse Bluff' is available as a bonus in the Apropos feed and on various podcast platforms.

Burkina Faso: France must withdraw its troops

27 Jan 2023  |  nzz.ch
Burkina Faso has requested France to withdraw its approximately 400 soldiers from the country within a month. The French military special unit 'Sabre Force' was stationed in Burkina Faso to contain the spread of terrorist groups in the Sahel region. The decision does not stem from a specific event, nor does it signify the end of diplomatic relations with France. The French government accepted the request and recalled its ambassador for consultations. Relations between Paris and Ouagadougou have deteriorated over recent months, with anti-French demonstrations and attacks on French institutions in Burkina Faso. The move reflects a potential shift in Burkina Faso's alliances, with possible new partnerships with Russia or Iran, as indicated by the government's recent actions and the visit of a Wagner Group team to Burkina Faso.

South Sudan: Government Allegedly Embezzled Hundreds of Millions

31 Oct 2022  |  nzz.ch
A report by The Sentry, an American investigative collective, revealed that during a crisis in South Sudan where millions lacked access to healthcare, $993 million intended for medicine, fuel, and food procurement vanished. The funds, provided by Qatar National Bank and Kenya's Stanbic Bank, were allegedly diverted by the government to companies with ties to high-ranking officials, including family members of President Salva Kiir. The South Sudanese government, unable to repay the banks, reached a debt restructuring agreement, ultimately burdening the state treasury. South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei Leuth denied the allegations, while the banks involved defended their transactions. The Sentry's Denisse Rudich called for investigations to recover some of the misappropriated funds.

At the heart of the financial scandal: How Dieter Behring defrauded Switzerland... and my father

17 Sep 2022  |  Tribune de Genève
Journalist Sarah Fluck investigates how Dieter Behring, Switzerland's biggest financial fraudster, managed to swindle her father, Fluri Bärtsch, out of his inheritance. The article recounts the personal impact of Behring's actions on her family.

The Story of 'The Big Bluff': How Financial Juggler Dieter Behring Cheated My Father

17 Sep 2022  |  Tages-Anzeiger
Sarah Fluck recounts the emotional and financial impact of Dieter Behring's fraudulent activities on her family, particularly her father, Fluri Bärtsch. The narrative delves into the circumstances leading to the loss of her father's inheritance to Behring, highlighting the personal and investigative journey undertaken for the new Tamedia podcast.

How Dieter Behring Deceived Switzerland: Listen to All Episodes of the Podcast 'The Big Bluff'

17 Sep 2022  |  www.bernerzeitung.ch
In 2004, Dieter Behring, a financier from a small village in Aargau, Switzerland, was arrested for running the country's most successful Ponzi scheme, defrauding hundreds of people of millions of francs. One of the victims, Florian Bärtsch, lost his family's inheritance. His daughter, journalist Sarah Fluck, along with colleague Vanessa Sadecky, revisits the case and their family history in the podcast series 'Der grosse Bluff'. The series explores the mechanics of Behring's fraud, the impact on victims, and the failures of the Swiss justice system to deliver justice.

Colonial Criticism in Africa After the Death of the Queen

14 Sep 2022  |  nzz.ch
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, discussions in African countries have reignited regarding the colonial legacy of the British monarchy. In Uganda, debates arose about renaming the Queen Elizabeth National Park, while in Kenya, lawyer Alice Mugo highlighted the colonial oppression by sharing a movement pass from 1956. Calls for the return of the Cullinan Diamond, part of the British Crown Jewels, have also resurfaced in South Africa. The Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African opposition party, criticized the Queen's death as a reminder of a tragic period. In contrast, African leaders like Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni praised the Queen's global influence and cooperation within the Commonwealth. The article reflects a mix of opinions and sentiments towards the British monarchy and its colonial past in Africa.

Hunger in Africa: First Grain Ship from Ukraine Arrives

30 Aug 2022  |  Neue Zürcher Zeitung
The bulk carrier 'Brave Commander' has arrived in Djibouti with 23,000 tons of Ukrainian grain, marking the first major shipment to the Horn of Africa since Russia's invasion. This delivery is crucial for East Africa, where 90% of imported wheat comes from Ukraine and Russia. The World Food Programme (WFP) will distribute the grain to feed 1.5 million people in Ethiopia for a month. The region faces severe drought, with 22 million people at risk of starvation. The WFP's efforts are hindered by the ongoing civil war in Ethiopia, particularly in Tigray, where aid deliveries have paused due to renewed conflict.

Rwanda: Controversy over Arrest Due to Transparent Dress

15 Aug 2022  |  Neue Zürcher Zeitung
The arrest of 24-year-old Liliane Mugabekazi in Kigali for wearing a transparent dress at a concert has sparked significant controversy. Government officials and the police condemned her attire as immoral, leading to her detention under a colonial-era law. The incident has drawn criticism from women's rights activists and highlighted broader issues of sexism and authoritarianism in Rwanda. Despite Rwanda's reputation for gender equality, critics argue that the government uses this as a facade to distract from human rights abuses. Mugabekazi's arrest has prompted widespread online backlash and calls for her release, though the influence of these voices remains limited.

Blue Helmet Soldiers Kill Two Civilians in Congo

01 Aug 2022  |  Neue Zürcher Zeitung
A UN convoy crossing from Uganda into the Democratic Republic of Congo opened fire at a border post, killing two civilians and injuring over fifteen. The incident, captured on video, has sparked outrage and condemnation from local and international authorities. The UN peacekeeping mission Monusco admitted the soldiers' actions were unjustified and has initiated investigations. This event has intensified anti-UN sentiment in the region, already fueled by recent violent protests demanding the UN's withdrawal. The peacekeeping mission, criticized for its ineffectiveness against local militias, faces increasing pressure as the country approaches its 2023 elections.

Belgian King Philippe Visits Congo

13 Jun 2022  |  Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Belgian King Philippe's visit to Congo, delayed due to the pandemic and the Ukraine war, marks his first trip to the former Belgian colony since his coronation in 2013. Despite expectations, Philippe did not apologize for colonial atrocities but expressed deep regret for past wounds. Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi hopes for stronger ties and investments from Belgium. The visit included the return of a stolen ceremonial mask and plans to return more artifacts. The trip concluded with a meeting with Nobel laureate Denis Mukwege in Bukavu, amidst ongoing conflict involving the M23 militia, which has strained Congo-Rwanda relations.

Nigeria: Dozens of Victims in Attack on Catholic Church

05 Jun 2022  |  Neue Zürcher Zeitung
A violent attack on the Catholic Church of St. Francis Xavier in Owo, Nigeria, during a Pentecost Sunday service resulted in dozens of casualties. Eyewitnesses and local media report that around 70 worshippers were shot, and others were abducted. The attack, condemned by local and international figures, including the Nigerian President and the Pope, is suspected to be a retaliatory act by Fulani herdsmen against a grazing restriction imposed by the Ondo state government. The incident underscores the ongoing security challenges in Nigeria, particularly the conflicts between herders and farmers.

Uganda: Two-Year School Closure Leaves Its Mark

10 Jan 2022  |  Neue Zürcher Zeitung
The two-year school closure in Uganda, the longest in the world due to COVID-19, has had significant social and economic impacts. Many teachers, like Justine Nabukeera, have left the profession for more stable income sources. Private schools, heavily reliant on fees, have struggled, with many closing permanently. The closure has also led to increased teenage pregnancies and a potential loss of educational progress for a generation. Efforts are underway to bring students back, but challenges remain as many have adapted to earning money through other means. The government faces criticism for its handling of the situation, while experts warn of long-term consequences if remedial actions are not taken.

Taxi Service in a Civil War Country

27 Sep 2021  |  nzz.ch
Dut Majak, a South Sudanese entrepreneur, launched a successful taxi service named Shilu Ana in the capital city of Juba, overcoming the challenges of a civil war-torn country. Starting with a single taxi in December 2019, his company has grown to 65 employees and 17 taxis, providing a reliable, affordable, and safe service, especially to Juba's middle and upper classes and foreigners. The service, which operates through a mobile app, has adapted the Uber model to local conditions, including a phone service for non-smartphone users and company-owned vehicles for drivers. Despite the difficulties of high fuel prices and inflation, Majak has managed to avoid layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic by adding a delivery service to the app. With over 10,000 rides per month, Majak is now planning to expand Shilu Ana to Syria by the end of the year.

Pangolin scales and ivory: huge seizure in Lagos

09 Aug 2021  |  www.nzz.ch
Nigerian customs officials seized 17 tons of pangolin scales, 60 kilos of pangolin claws, and 870 kilos of elephant tusks in a warehouse raid in Lekki, near Lagos's main ports. The black market value of the seizure is estimated at around 48 million Swiss francs. This event marks the ninth-largest pangolin scale seizure worldwide since 2019 and the third-largest in Nigeria. Collaboration with British, American, and German officials and international organizations led to the arrest of three foreign nationals, with a fourth suspect still being pursued. The Wildlife Justice Commission noted that the trade has not slowed during the pandemic, and Nigeria has become a hub for trafficking African pangolins to Asia. The Nigerian authorities emphasized their commitment to combating poaching and wildlife trade, stating that Nigeria is used as a transit route, not a source or demand country for wildlife products.

Chad's President Idriss Déby is Dead

20 Apr 2021  |  Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Chad's long-time president Idriss Déby has died, reportedly killed by rebels from the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (Fact) while defending the nation's sovereignty on the battlefield. Following his death, the government and National Assembly were dissolved, and his son Mahamat Déby took over leadership through a military council. The article highlights Déby's military background, his alliances with France, and the uncertain future of Chad's political and military landscape. The French government emphasized the need for a peaceful transition to a civilian government.

Loans as an Alternative to Scholarships

27 Aug 2019  |  Tages-Anzeiger
Steffen Arnold, a student from Germany, faced financial difficulties while studying at ETH Zurich. Despite working a part-time job, he struggled to cover living expenses and was ineligible for scholarships due to his income. He eventually found support through Educa Swiss, a foundation that offers loans to students under fair conditions. The article discusses the challenges of obtaining scholarships in Zurich, the role of private loans, and the potential reforms to improve access to educational funding. Arnold successfully repaid his loans and now works as a Data Scientist, considering becoming a loan provider himself to help other students.



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