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Pernille Baerendtsen

I work as a mix of journalist, trainer & consultant. My focus is on everyday East Africa & South Sudan – in particularly words, people, activism, culture, expression and media

In 2000, I moved Serbia to establish the Next Stop Serbia campaign aiming at breaking down stereotypes between Serbs and Danes. The campaign promoted civic action and creativity by making people collaborate via personal interests.

From 2005-10 I worked in northern Uganda with South Sudanese refugees, and in Tanzania with civil society. Since July 2011 I have worked independently with various assignments in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and Denmark.

My base is presently Copenhagen where I am pursuing a Master of Arts in African Studies. Still combined with longer stays in East Africa.

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Latest posts by Pernille Baerendtsen

11 October 2015

Refugees Take Over Danish Daily Newspaper For a Day to Tell Their Stories

The Danish daily newspaper Information invited 12 refugees, some newly arrived, all professional journalists, to take over the entire 48 pages of the newspaper on Friday, October 9.

7 September 2015

Everyday Life in a Fragile State

The Bridge

"'Why South Sudan?' someone asked. It's true, but somewhat feeble, to say South Sudan is unlike any other place." Pernille Baerendtsen shares personal impressions on leaving the world's newest country.

21 May 2015

Message to an Ethiopian Blogger: Mahlet Fantahun, You Are Not Alone

Global Voices Advocacy

"Writing one single blog post is not going to bring Mahlet... out of Kaliti Prison. This is much rather about keeping the process going. Of not staying silent."

28 April 2015

We Are Working To Prevent Explosions: Spoken Word in East Africa

The Bridge

"The youth... are like time bombs. We are working to prevent explosions. If words are never let out, we’ll explode!"

20 July 2014

A Leaked Document Casts A Shadow Over Tanzania's Bright Gas Extraction Outlook

The Bridge

Leaked to the public, a contract between Norway's Statoil and the Tanzanian government highlights how fraught the question of revenues from Tanzania’s gasfields—and who will benefit from them—has become.

1 November 2012

Africa's Top Political Tweeters? Let's Fix The Guardian's List

On October 30, 2012, The Guardian published ‘Africa's top tweeters: political pioneers in the digital debate'. Did The Guardian’s David Smith get away with this piece too easily? The Sub-Saharan...

13 September 2012

Is Tanzania's Peaceful Reputation in Danger?

Tanzania has experienced several crises since the October 2010 general elections. The most recent case is the violent death of Tanzania journalist Daudi Mwangosi, who was killed by a tear...

24 August 2012

Tanzania, Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi ‘Tweets’ from Grave

"@zittokabwe please be better than I was. Not fun up here I am preparing 2 pay for some of this." A post-death tweet from Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to...

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