Multiple-award winning journalist and associate editor, investigations, at PREMIUM TIMES, Emmanuel Mayah, will on September 2 be the guest speaker from Africa at a pre-COP22 international conference to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The pre-COP22 conference which has as its theme: “Migrations, environment and climate change: perspectives of human mobility towards 2050” is supported by the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), UNESCO and the Organizing Committee of the COP22 Morocco, among others.
The main objective of the conference is to contribute to the international debate on climate change and migration through a dialogue between scholars, public actors, academia and civil society committed to the subject in question from different perspectives, as well as representatives of international organisations concerned with the issue.
Mr. Mayah will present the African perspectives, drawing from his huge resource as a journalist and development actor, having worked and or reported so far from a total of 22 African countries including Ethiopia, Niger Republic, Libya, Egypt and Sudan; all countries scourged by the complex problems of climate change, drought, water crisis and migration as well as the intractable conflicts associated with them.
Also, he will, on September 6, be on a Peace and Conflict panel to discuss “Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue: Conscience and Climate Change”.
Mr. Mayah was the undercover reporter that journeyed for 37 days in 2009 across the Sahara Desert on the road to Europe. Travelling a total of 4,318 kilometres among a band of human traffickers and illegal migrants, he documented across seven countries horrifying cases of sex slavery in transit camps, starvation, desert bandits, cruel thirst and deaths in a merciless desert.
The resultant story, ‘Europe by Desert: Tears of African Migrants’ is published in the UNESCO Casebook 2012.
In 2010, Mr. Mayah was named by NAPTIP as Nigeria’s Anti-Human Trafficking Ambassador.
He has had several international speaking engagements in the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Senegal, Peru, Argentina, and at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
He was commissioned by Hurst Publishers in the UK and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime to write a book on the Togo Triangle.
Mr. Mayah is also revisiting his desert experience in another book titled: A Long-Distance Suicide.