Tatiana Mossot is a journalist based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. I am a video reporter focusing on African countries and especially crisis regions. I have been for 15 years in West Africa (based in Dakar and Abidjan from 2005 to 2014). Covering west and central Africa since 2005 to present.
The conflict in the Central African Republic could paralyse one of the country's main industries: diamond mining. Officially, the international agreement known as the Kimberley process has been put in place, meaning that no diamonds can be bought from a country at war. But unofficially, there are reports that fighters are still managing to smuggle out small precious stones to trade them and fund their fighting.
Despite the presence of French troops and an African Union-led peacekeeping force, the situation in the Central African Republic remains extremely volatile. Clashes between the former Seleka rebels and anti-balaka militias continue. Earlier this year, our reporter headed west on the road to Cameroon in search of a convoy of humanitarian trucks delayed at the border. Her report has just won the Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for the best coverage of the UN and its agencies by broadcast media. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize was awarded to journalist Tatiana Mossot on December 16, 2014.