November 14, 2017. CNN breaks the news. It no longer is a rumor. African migrants are being auctioned off as slaves in Libya. The evidence is overwhelming. The images are hard to watch. In the midst of the unimaginable, she stands, never once breaking character. She can’t give away who she is or what she came to do. She came to bear witness… and thanks to her, the World now knows. Her name is…
… the CNN Senior International Correspondent who broke the story.
Though many of us only discovered her with this report, Nima Elbagir is no stranger to war zones and dangerous places.
She was born in Khartoum, Sudan. Her father was a famous journalist who was forced into exile after years of persecution for exercising his right to free speech.
After studying Philosophy in her new home, the UK, Nima Elbagir chose to start her own journey into journalism. She got her feet wet covering the conflict in the Darfur region of her native Sudan for Reuters. She will later cover conflicts in Somalia, the DRC, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. She obtained proof of life of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria and spent over six months investigating people-smuggling from the Nile Delta in fishing boats to Rome.
Her choices of assignments are a testament to her courage and tireless determination to shine a light on the plight of the downtrodden, especially in Africa.
Her courageous reporting has earned her many accolades, countless awards and comparisons to renowned journalist and colleague Christiane Amanpour.
Right Your Legacy, Nima Elbagir!
CNN special report of November 14, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S2qtGisT34
Jeune Afrique article: Esclavage en Libye http://www.jeuneafrique.com/mag/498816/societe/esclavage-en-libye-nima-elbagir-loeil-aux-aguets/
Leparisien.fr : Qui est Nima Elbagir? http://www.leparisien.fr/culture-loisirs/qui-est-nima-elbagir-la-reporter-de-cnn-qui-a-filme-la-vente-d-esclaves-en-libye-22-11-2017-7408455.php