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The Inspiration Compilation features individuals who activate positive change and inspire us. These are our allies and people whom we admire. We have chosen to highlight their stories and the work that they do because not only is the work impressive, but their devotion to it as well. It is this perseverance that is special to these individuals who recognize their power and human potential, and use it for good.

In great appreciation, here we will share their stories and illustrate their accomplishments and hurdles in the work that they do.

 

Wolfgang Bauer

Wolfgang Bauer is an award-winning German journalist who currently writes for Die Zeit. His passion, human rights and conflict reporting in longform, has taken him over the years on assignments around the world, from battlefields in Libya and Syria to Palestinian smugglers’ tunnels and sweatshops in China. His most recent books, both available in English, are Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe (2016) and Stolen Girls: Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story (2017); to conduct research for the former, he went undercover as an English teacher on board a makeshift vessel sailing to Greece from Egypt.

In his work, Bauer tries to capture the complexity of human rights hotspots that the mainstream media often gloss or ignore. He does this not only by crafting well-researched social and political narratives, but by capturing the whole personalities and contradictions present in his subjects -- in doing so, helping contextualize what human rights really mean.

He spoke with Nosapo in March, 2019.

"I think the times we live in now are much less discouraging than during other periods in history. I think everyone should do what they can do within their own limitations to leave this world a little better than they found it. There are no alternatives in my opinion."



Robert Katende

A social entrepreneur and humanitarian from Uganda with a one-of-a-kind strategy to fight poverty in the Slums. In 2002, he founded the SOM Chess Academy in Uganda, fostering leadership and life skills through mastery of the game among the youth of ghetto community in Kampala. Many participants have gone on to college and attained successful careers. It was on one of these students that the 2016 Disney movie Queen of Katwe was based. Katende has expanded SOM Chess Academy's Philosophy to seven other locations across East Africa, as well countries in South America and North America. He spoke with Nosapo in January, 2019 about his life and work.

“You don’t need to be a practitioner in development work to promote human rights because they are something that concerns everyone, wherever we are. I think the good thing to do is to uphold values and virtues and see everyone as someone who is worthy. We are all brothers and sisters but if I can’t see myself in someone else then I end up violating their rights, because I am not able to see them in my image. But if I am able to see that they are not just my brothers, that I am because they are, I think that I will be able to uphold these values. Everyone can advocate for this. Everyone needs to lift up their voices to uphold human rights in any way we can, because they are being violated almost everywhere.”