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The American Missionary and the Uncontacted Tribe - August 2019, GQ. Written by Doug Bock Clark. An article on the death of the young evangelical missionary John Allen Chau who was killed while trying to contact The Sentinelese tribe in the Andaman Islands in India. I did research for the story and set up interviews in New Delhi.
In India sterven de armsten in het riool – August 2019, RTL. Reporting by Eva Oude Elferink. A video on the inhuman and deadly practice of manual scavenging, which still continues in India, despite being banned by law. I worked as the local producer for this story.
'In Yavatmal, Everyone Reels Under the Drought – but the Women Suffer More' - The Wire. My article on the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women farmers in Yavatmal, Maharashtra, India.
In March 2019, I worked as a story researcher and fixer for this video for Google. It involved interviewing several people across Delhi who cannot read or write and could benefit from an app that reads out to them. I found Urmila who is the main subject of this video and wrote her story after an initial interview and conducted a video interview with her later.
Kasternes Kamp - Weekendavisen. An article on caste based discrimination and how caste plays a decisive role in the Indian elections. Written by Nanna Muus Steffensen. I did research and interpreted some of the interviews for the story.
An article on the Kumbh Mela 2019 & the politics associated with it. I did primary research for this story and translated & transcribed telephonic & on-ground interviews.
What India Wants - TIME. An article about Kumar Vishwas contesting General Elections 2014 from Amethi, an electoral seat which has been won by the Gandhi family for years. Story by Krista Mahr, former bureau chief, TIME Asia. I translated field interviews for the story.
Memory of religious riots mars Indian election campaign - The Australian. An article on the situation in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India on the day of the General Elections 2014 which originally appeared in The Sunday Times UK. Story by Nicola Smith, foreign correspondent formerly based in New Delhi. I translated field interviews for the story.
The Ghostly Voices of World War One - BBC. A radio show about the Gorkha and Sikh soldiers from British India who were captured by Germans during World War One. The show takes rare audio recordings made by these soldiers and traces their descendants on the first centenary of WW1. Hosted by Priyath Liyanage and produced by Mark Savage. I did research and translated field interviews for this show.
35,000 Bend It With Modi As India Launches World Yoga Day - NPR. An article about the first International Yoga Day launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2015. Story by Julie McCarthy. I did research and translated field interviews for this story.
A Child Bride At 13, She's Turned Herself Into A Prize-Winning Wrestler - NPR. An article and radio story about Neetu, a former child bride and female wrestler from Haryana, India. Story by Julie McCarthy, former South Asia bureau chief, NPR. I did primary research and translated initial field interviews for the story.
Zijn armen in India echt geholpen met Modicare? - NRC Handelsblad. An article on Modicare, a public health insurance scheme introduced in India in 2018. Story by Eva Oude Elferink. I did research and translated field interviews for the story.
Narinder Batra, zakenman met passie, maar soms te bruut - NRC Handelsblad. A profile of Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, the chief of the The Fédération Internationale de Hockey, also known as FIH. Story by Eva Oude Elferink. I did research for the story.
‘Tribale volken zijn geen toeristenattractie’ - NRC Handelsblad. An article on the Dr. T.N. Pandit, a veteran anthropologist who was one of the first people to make contact with the North Sentinelese tribe in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India. Story by Eva Oude Elferink. I did research for the story.
New Delhi, India • Science & Environment • October 27 @ 12:00am
17 years ago, Vikram Rawat was working at a bank in Arsu, a village situated 2,000 metres above sea level in the Indian Himalayas. Most of his customers were farmers who had been growing apples for a few generations. They had started struggling with getting a good crop. Rawat did some research... Read more