Mercedes Sayagues

Mercedes Sayagues, originally from Uruguay, has lived in and reported about Africa for 24 years. She has survived stepping barefoot on a scorpion in the Kalahari, being taken hostage by Unita during Angola’s civil war, and expulsion from Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe for reporting human rights abuses. She alternates years of freelancing with longer-term media projects throughout Africa. Between 2010 and 2013, she was a Knight Health Fellow in Mozambique. Her brief was to improve health reporting through coaching local journalists, enabling them to highlight inequalities, progress, and trends. In short: show that health is as exciting as politics. Mercedes is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Italian, and lives in South Africa. See more of her work on health, gender and human rights at:

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