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Al Jazeera journalists win UN Correspondents Association Award
December 18, 2017, 4:09 pm

Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan and Azad Essa won the Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize and International Prize at the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) Global Prize during UNCA’s Awards Gala on Friday,15 December, 2017 in New York.

Azad was awarded the UNCA International Prize Silver Medal for his yearlong investigation into accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation against the UN and what is being done to stop them, ‘Why some peacekeepers rape?’.

Rosiland Jordan was awarded the Ricardo Ortega Silver Medal for her story on the UN Secretary-General's efforts to highlight near-famine in Somalia. UNCA established the prize in honour of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004.

Commenting on her win, Rosiland said “It is humbling to be honoured by my colleagues. I only wanted people to see what I saw during a trip with the Secretary-General, António Guterres, to Baidoa, Somalia: People who were doing the unthinkable in order to survive drought and to save their families. I hope we can all do more to highlight their situation and motivate the international community to help them.”

Rosiland Jordan is a State Department / Specials Correspondent for Al Jazeera English based in Washington D.C., while Azad Essa is a Doha based journalist working for the Al Jazeera English website.

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