Awards to PAIR investigation in Burkina Faso

The big winner of Galian 2012 in Burkina Faso is Rachelle Somé from Radio Pulsar. At this competition the best works of journalists in Burkina Faso in 2011 were awarded.

Her work “Schools without school girls in the Sourou” won the Galian in the radio broadcast category. It also won the price Samuel Tiendrébéogo of APAC (Association of professional information and communication ) and the price of the ministry of national education and literacy.

The investigation was supported by PAIR and was first broadcasted September 16, 2011 on Radio Pulsare.

Summary: In Burkina Faso thousands of little girls are forced each year to quit school to become domestics. This exodus is leading to the birth of networks claiming to be philanthropic, but which in fact, thrive and trade on this human distress. State institutions are well aware of this but declare they are powerless. For six months, Rachelle Somé, a journalist at Radio Pulsar, carried out an investigation around the phenomenon by tracing the itenary of these girls from their village, in Sourou, one of Burkina Faso’s 45 regions, to the capital. A journey into the heart of an accepted abuse

Listen to the investigation in French Écoles sans écolières au Sourou – l’exode rural se féminise.