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Sheren (the writer), Matthew (the photojournalist) and Abed (the cameraman) are Middle East freelancers who need new protective gear.
Sheren (the writer), Matthew (the photojournalist) and Abed (the cameraman) are Middle East freelancers who need new protective gear.
73 backers pledged $3,555 to help bring this project to life.

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There's a great need for freelance journalists to fill in the gaps in coverage across the world's conflict zones. Company journalists often fly in when conflicts erupt, but quickly leave before the conflict has had time to play out. While the conflict may not be taking up major blocks of mainstream media coverage, regular people are still struggling through its continuation and the aftermath, and it is the freelancer--local and international--who often tells their story. All three of us believe in our work. We spend time living with local people and hearing stories on the ground from people affected most, so we can then share those stories with all of you. In doing this we make just enough money to get by, but not much more than that--which we are cool with--until it's time to stock up on major equipment. 

With the ever changing political landscape of Iraq at the moment, we realize how important it is to have up to date equipment, particularly tools that could save our lives. As we are young, struggling freelancers, we look to you, our friends and family, to give us a boost. As freelancers we do not have the backing of media companies for equipment, even when they are happy to take our stories and reports. Although recently one media outlet we often work with very kindly gave us a bonus towards equipment costs. A rare and kind gesture.

We're asking you all to please help us get new bullet-proof vests, helmets, and first aid kits so we can be as prepared as possible when out in the field. $3,000 won't cover all the costs, but it will give us the boost we need to stock up on these much needed supplies. As we all work together, we've decided we won't buy one without being able to buy three. 

Thank you all for your love, care and support. We hope to make you proud. 

Sincerely,

Sheren, Matthew and Abed

Risks and challenges

There shouldn't be much in the form of challenges with this crowd fund, however we have heard accounts of journalists having their equipment (camera's, flak jackets, etc) being confiscated by the Iraqi government. We don't anticipate this being a problem because most of those stories come out of areas around Baghdad, where we do not anticipate traveling anytime in the near future.

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    A unique gift from Iraq and/or Kurdistan (your choice, but please say Kurdistan--Baghdad is a bit dodgy for shopping these days).

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    A compilation video from sites and coverage we've taken across the Middle East (could be worth at least $10 when we're famous). AND a personal gift.

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    All of the previous gifts PLUS Abed and Matthew will grow beautiful Peshmerga-style mustaches just for you and we will send you a memorable photo of their attempts.

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    I can't imagine anyone loves us this much, but if someone out there on the inter-web donates $1,000 towards keeping us alive we will personally thank you in the introduction of our first books (because you know, everyone writes a book these days) and something else really really freaking awesome.

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