Dune Voices was launched by Media Diversity Institute in the Middle East and North Africa, which has been active in the region since 2004.
Our websites aims to provide comprehensive and objective coverage, that transmits the voices of desert residents and other marginalized groups, which are often outside conventional media coverage.
Through our correspondents' reports, we shed light on several issues, mainly, stories of women, youth.
The website features multimedia news, reports, and analysis from 6 countries; Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania and Mali. Our content is produced by a network of reporters, contributes and partners in these countries.
Dune Voices offers its content in 3 languages; Arabic, French and English.
Though media outlets of all kinds have mushroomed in the region; in the sense of ownership and professionalism, very few stories about the Sahara bring the voices of Saharans.
MDI spotted the gap and with the help of its local partners and colleagues came up with an appropriate response.
In this way the authentic and autochthon voices from real people and the real Sahara will see the light of the day, something which does not happen often, neither in the countries which share the Sahara, nor outside of them.
Malian journalist with 5 years of experience in print and online journalism in Timbuktu. Journalism studies graduate from Nouakchott, Mauritania. Member of Moroccan newspaper Alrasid. Editor in Chief of Alghad newspaper, the first Arabic Language newspaper in Mali.
Arabic, French, Songhai, Hassaniya
Housseyne focuses on politics, security, and culture
Moroccan journalist with 9 years of experience in TV as a writer and host. Five years of experience in print and online journalism. Mantanna covers mostly social and cultural stories, often times focusing on women
Dr Ahmed Mouloud Ould Eyda is a professor of history at the University of Nouakchott. He's specialist of armed groups in the Sahara area.
His main idea, since the End of 2012, is that al-Qaeda was weakened by the war in Mali. But, he cautions, it has not been eliminated once and for all. Its cells are scattered, and as soon as circumstances allow, they will re-surface and re-arrange their ranks for the confrontation on a new or old front. He says, “I believe that the danger lies in the extremist ideology, which wins new supporters every day, and this is a major threat for all of us.” The professor also holds that even if al-Qaeda still has some sleeper cells, the possibility they could strike is weak, because of a lack of financing and conflicts among wings. But, he adds, as long as the extremist ideology remains, it will inevitably be used to influence the balance of power in the foreseeable future.