Women in Journalism Intern Um-E-Aymen Babar returns this week to spotlight incredible women journalists.
Runako Celina is a mentee on the 2022 WiJ mentoring scheme. Her first documentary, Racism For Sale for BBC Africa Eye, went live in June 2022 and it unearths an industry of racist exploitation featuring African men, women and most disturbingly children dancing for Chinese consumers.
In February 2020, a shocking video began to circulate on Chinese social media. A group of African children were being instructed by someone off camera to chant dehumanising and racist phrases in Chinese. This clip ignited outrage in China and beyond and set Runako and Henry Mhango on a mission to answer crucial questions: Why was this filmed? Where was it shot? Who was the voice behind the camera? The documentary explored the Chinese video-making industry that exploits vulnerable children across the continent.
The film has gone viral and was shared by Lupita Nyongo, Shaun King and Maria Borges. Most importantly, the documentary has also led to an arrest.