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Miriam Mannak

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Miriam Mannak is a freelance journalist and freelance photographer base in Cape Town, South Africa. She was born in The Netherlands and grew up in Angola and Rwanda, where her passion for Africa was born. She lived in the United States and Israel and traveled to many countries including Vietnam, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon. After obtaining her BA in journalism, she studied American studies and international development studies at the University of Amsterdam. She moved to Cape Town in 2004. She has been working in journalism since 2002 as a journalist and photographer.

Ms. Mannak has worked as a freelancer for several newspapers, magazines and online publications. Those include the South African newspaper The Cape Times, Dutch daily and national newspaper Metro, international online travel magazine CapeTownMagazine.com (she was editor), international magazine Global Connection, international travel guide The Luxury List, and Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen. Her current clients include Inter Press Service (international press agency), Dutch financial daily newspaper Het Financieel Dagblad, Leadership (South African business magazine), Dutch daily newspaper Spits, and both in-flight magazines of Emirates.

Topics she has written about include: Social and political aspects of the 2010 world cup soccer in South Africa, South Africa's film industry, South African politics in general (e.g. the changes within the ANC and the rise of Julius Malema), South Africa's crimestats, xenophobia and the position of African refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, Zimbabwe's struggles, malaria in the DRC, the mining industry in the DRC, street children in Lubumbashi, and various health topics.

In 2009, Miriam Mannak won an International Aids Society Fellowship by the National Press Foundation. Her feature about gangs and drugs in one of Cape Town's townships was shortlisted during two prestigious contests.

Her website: www.miriammannak.com
Her blog dedicated to the 2010 FIFA World Cup: http://twenty10soccerworldcup.wordpress.com
Her pictures can be viewed here: www.flickr.com/photos/miriammannak

Worldpress.org Work Samples

South Africans Remember Mandela's Release
2010 World Cup: a Discussion about Crime
World Cup 2010: Its Greenness in Question
Diamonds: Symbols Of Love or Symbols Of War?
Crime, South Africa and the 2010 World Cup
U.N. Calls For Darfur Aid
Former Rwanda Commander Joins New U.N. Committee

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