Ben Rawlence

Human rights activist Ben Rawlence is conducting interviews with young Somali refugees in Kenya and recording their stories of survival and their aspirations for the future. The author of Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War (Oneworld, 2013), Rawlence was from 2006 to 2013 a researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW) in the Africa division, covering at different times the Horn of Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zanzibar for the organization. He has also worked as an adviser to the Civic United Front, a Tanzanian opposition party and as a foreign affairs adviser to the Liberal Democrats in the UK Parliament. 

Rawlence holds a BA in Swahili and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago.