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Getting Into Darfur

wrightmay19.jpgABC’s David Wright blogs from Darfur:

“Lately officials have refused to grant any new visas to foreign reporters. We may well have been the last foreign team allowed to enter the country.

Even once you arrive in the country, the struggle to report on Darfur is far from over. Producer Almin Karamehmedovic and I filled out 36 forms and had to submit a total of 24 passport photos in order to apply for the necessary permits to film in the country and travel outside the capital. The fees alone – for four of us – were more than $1,000.

We never got the permit. The government simply stopped giving them out. So we have been traveling with the African Union peacekeepers. But in Darfur we are at constant risk of being arrested.

Not a nice place. But it’s worth coping with it to tell this story.”

Wright’s pieces will air on WNT next week…

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