December 19, 2006—For journalist Paul Salopek, what was
supposed to be a day-long excursion to Sudan's Darfur region almost
became a one-way trip.
While on assignment for National Geographic magazine, the Chicago Tribune reporter was captured, interrogated, and charged with spying and reporting false news. He was held for more than a month—much of that time with no outside contact, even to let his wife know he was still alive—before U.S. politicians were finally able to secure his release.
But Salopek, undeterred by the ordeal, says he's ready to continue his work in the region.
Get a firsthand account from Salopek of his harrowing experience in Sudan—and learn why he thinks it's vital for journalists to keep going to Darfur despite the danger.
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Video Series Introduction
Part One: Country in Crisis (Sudan Overview)
Part Two: The Lost Boy
Part Three: The Reporter
Part Four: The Witness
Part Five: The War Child
Part Six: The Activist