Royal privilege

I'm thinking about Ugandan, Syrian, Congolese, and yes, American babies who aren't fortunate enough to be born into royal privilege. I'm especially worried about Congolese refugee children barely scraping by in western Uganda, and Syrian refugee children living in squalid camps in Lebanon and elsewhere.

As peace journalists, our role is to tell their story, and keep telling their story, so that these babies might get what they need to survive. I only wish the story of the world's most vulnerable refugees could somehow command just 1/50th of the coverage of the royal baby.
Incidentally, I'd love to conduct a comprehensive peace journalism project that focuses on reporting refugees in places like Uganda, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. Any funders out there?
Chapter one free--no strings attached, or at least, visible strings
For a limited time only (well, not really, but it sounds more urgent this way), you can get a free download of chapter one of my book, Professor Komagum: Teaching peace journalism and battling insanity in Uganda. Click here to download or just to read chapter one. The entire book is also available on Amazon either in print form or in e-book form.
I have asked the NSA not to track your consumption/purchase of my book. Keep your fingers crossed.
--Steven Youngblood, director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, is an author, traveler, peace advocate, and blogger (Peace Journalism Insights).

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Comment by Steven L. Youngblood on July 24, 2013 at 10:46am
Thanks for both comments. Gilda, please contact me at, and we can talk about possible collaborations. Best, SY
Comment by David N. Tshimba on July 23, 2013 at 6:20pm

Dear Steven,


Thanks a million for having made this chapter readable...I am touched by the story, not least because Betty Mujungu is no stranger to me!


I look forward to following up on this fortunate life-changing experiment of peace journalism with Betty's kids.


With tears from Entebbe,


Comment by Gilda Bettencourt on July 23, 2013 at 4:15pm

Thank you, Steven.  I have a great interest in learning the stories of those children.  Are you familiar with Yida, South Sudan?  Here is something Nonviolent Peaceforce filmed earlier this year.

Child protection program in Yida - Nonviolent Peaceforce (2 min)

I would love to know your thoughts.  Do you think we can find journalists to cover their stories?

If so, let me know.

All my best,


Gilda Bettencourt
Outreach & Major Gifts Officer
San Francisco, CA
mobile: (415) 314 2096

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