Florence Ogola | Institute for War and Peace Reporting


Florence Ogola

Florence Ogola
IWPR-trained reporter

I was born in Nairobi, Kenya in July 1984 where I grew up. In 1997, we moved to a town around the Mount Kenya region known as Nanyuki. I speak Swahili, a bit of French, Luo and English.

I have three siblings. My father is warrant officer in the Kenyan air force and my late mother was a chemist with Unilever Kenya.

All my life, I always dreamed of becoming a journalist, and one who would campaign for people’s rights, one who will speak for the oppressed.

As a student of mass communications at Kampala International University, I carried out detailed research on what the media did to promote human rights issues during the LRA insurgency in northern Uganda. My case study was a radio station in Gulu known as Mega FM.

I also decided to train at the radio station, so I worked as journalist and a presenter in 2007.

While carrying out my research I had to visit internal refugee camps almost every day. I thought I would have a mental breakdown due to the kind of suffering and desperation I saw every day. I would cry almost every time someone told me the kind of ordeals they went through during the insurgency. I felt privileged to be born in a peaceful country like Kenya.

IWPR has given me the chance to campaign for the rights of the people of northern Uganda and I am proud of it. Through their training, I have been able to improve the quality of journalistic work, in particular I learned to appreciate the importance of structure in story development.

I am proud to work with IWPR. My ambition has always been to ensure that human rights is properly discussed and debated and that is exactly what IWPR has enabled me to do.

Stories by the author

Activists say more than half of all Ugandan prostitutes in Juba come northern Uganda, and that many of them are young girls. (Photo: Stein Ove Korneliussen)
Florence Ogola
10 Nov 10
Growing concern that vulnerable youngsters being trafficked or lured by promises they can make good money across border in Sudan.
Florence Ogola
19 Aug 10
Campaigners argue that lack of effective legislation proving an obstacle in combating abuse.
Some people in northern Uganda believe the ICC should indict members of the military for alleged crimes during the LRA war. (Photo: K. Burns http://go.iwpr.info/parabongo)
Florence Ogola
14 Jun 10
Victims of Uganda's civil war have criticised international justice for being too one-sided.
Lira, northern Uganda - a student in the classroom of a newly-built local school. (Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesse Awalt, US army)
Bill Oketch, Florence Ogola, Blake Evans-Pritchard
11 May 10
Amid focus on punishing war criminals, victims say they need help to rebuild their lives.
Florence Ogola
14 Feb 10
With families devastated by war, children are forced to become main breadwinners.