Reporter’s View: Stefanie Glinski on covering South Sudan’s civil war

“We always say that South Sudan is okay, until it’s not”

As the conflict in South Sudan approaches the five-year mark, what it’s like for the journalists covering it? What is an average day like, and what are the complexities that make it so hard to understand?

Stefanie Glinski spent a year-and-a-half living in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, reporting on the conflict, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced millions.

 

“What’s fascinating about [reporting on] neglected conflicts is that you get a unique insight into people’s lives,” she tells IRIN’s Whitney Patterson. “As a journalist, for me, it’s important to step into these contexts and kind of give these people a voice and make sure their stories get heard, because they might not be able to tell those stories again."

 

In this video Q&A, Stefanie tells us about the dangerous situations she has faced as a journalist in South Sudan, the remarkable stories that will stay with her, and the one thing she hopes people take from her reporting.

 

Read more of her work for IRIN.

 

Reporter’s View is an occasional series featuring tales and tidbits from correspondents’ on-the-ground reporting.