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Founder

melody_sundberg_untold_storiesMelody Sundberg is founder, project manager and lecturer of Untold Stories. Melody began her advocacy for press freedom in Ethiopia after reading the book 438 days. Since then, she has been a passionate promoter of the free word. She is a professional photographer and artist experienced in digital and traditional media. From an early stage, her art became important in her advocacy. She frequently uses social media and blogging as main platforms for campaigns. Melody believes that advocacy should be easy to access and to understand without prior knowledge, and her campaigns are always accompanied by eye-capturing drawings and factual pictures. Being educated in psychology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Melody believes that a psychological approach is important for understanding the consequences of repression.

Melody was one of the major social-media campaigners for the demanding of the release of the activist and blogging group Zone 9 who were jailed in Ethiopia from 2014-2015. As an advocate, she contributed with art and articles to social media platforms as well as the citizen media site Global Voices, and summarized trials on Trial Tracker Blog. Together with two exiled bloggers she also directed and scripted an animated video. Melody is also engaged in Kalityfonden (The Kality Foundation). The foundation provides financial support for imprisoned journalists worldwide, together with emergency funding for journalists who are at risk of being imprisoned.

The aim of Untold Stories is not only to spread awareness and knowledge about human right violations, and thereby giving people cause to care, but just as importantly it is to support the struggles of the repressed. We are giving a voice to the voiceless and we empower the powerless. They will know they are valuable and that their stories will be told. Read more about why Melody started Untold Stories here.

View articles by Melody Sundberg here.

E-Mail melody @ untoldstoriesonline . com (without spaces) Web www.melodysundberg.cominstagram_icon linkedin_icon twitter_icon


Volunteering Contributors

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Authors & Poets

 


befeqadu_hailu_untold_storiesBefeQadu Z. Hailu

BefeQadu is a blogger, democracy activist and Ethiopian Dreamer – a MIS expert by profession and a writer by inclination. His first novel Children of Their Parents won the Burt Award for African Literature (Ethiopia) in 2012. He is also a Zone 9 Blogger and a volunteering editor of Global Voices in Amharic. View articles by Befeqadu here.

Web: befeqe.blogspot.com


caalaa-hayiluu-2Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa, Author & Poet

Caalaa Hayiluu is an Oromo author and poet. He has published two books in Afaan Oromo. View articles by Caalaa here.

 


 

daniel_areri_untold_storiesDaniel G. Areri, Author & Poet

Daniel G. Areri was born in 1984, in the Oromia State of Ethiopia. He followed primary and elementary school at Me’e Bokko and Adola Secondary and Preparatory School. He joined Mekelle University in 2005 and studied Journalism and Communication. Daniel graduated with a B.A. degree in 2007.  One month after his graduation, Daniel was immediately hired by the Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) to work as a journalist. He worked as a reporter for the media station in Adama for four years, both in the radio as well as the TV desk. In 2011, Daniel was fired from the media station together with many of his colleagues. This without any committing any fault. The only reason was because of practicing of journalism and being Oromo. He went back to the rural area of his birth place and tried to work within agriculture for one year, as his parent often did. The the local government however made his work challenging. At the end of 2012, Daniel was enforced by cadres to the government to leave the area. Daniel came to Addis Ababa and applied for a Master’s Degree. He  started post graduate studies in the School of Journalism and Communication, in the Addis Ababa University.  Daniel was not lucky to finish his master. He had to drop the school and start a life in exile – because being a journalist and belonging to the Oromo ethic group is a risky business in the eyes of the Ethiopian regime. Daniel is the author of the book Freedom Letter. View articles by Daniel here.


edoardo_iacobelliEdoardo Iacobelli

Edoardo Iacobelli was born in Italy, Rome in october 1995 and moved to Sweden in 2003. Right now he’s soon done with his first (BA) Degree in Human Rights in which he will specialize in Human Rights Law. He hopes to continue to study even after his specialisation to broaden his competence. He is also the current head-chairman of Amnesty International in the Malmö region, a political activist and writer on Eritrea for Untold Stories. View articles by Edoardo here.


karin-filkaszovaKarin Filkaszova

Karin Filkaszova, born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1994 is a student of Peace and Conflict Studies at Malmö University in Sweden. She is currently in a fifth semester, hoping to complete her BA in June 2017. Alongside her studies at Malmö University, she is also taking International Migration and Development course at Lund University and is an active member of Amnesty International group that specializes on spreading awareness about the food crisis in Yemen.  After completing her BA studies she would like to continue MA programme in a similar field as her previous studies, focusing particularly on War and Media. Her interest is giving a voice to those who are unheard and for this very reason she aspires to become a foreign correspondent and/or a political activist.


milkissa_cimdessa-untold-stories-sMilkissa Chimdessa Wodajo

Former Lecturer of English & Journalism  at Hawassa University in Ethiopia, blogs at Yerooblog and is currently living in exile. View articles by Milkissa here.

Web: Yerooblog


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Najat Hamza, Poet

Najat Hamza is born in Dire Dawa, Oromia and raised in the US. She is an Oromo  human rights activist and a Oromo Community of Minnesota member. She is a volunteering translator and interpreter at Advocates for Human rights, working with Oromo asylum seekers. Her academic background is Chemistry, with future interest in Neouroscience. She writes to express the longing for the home and desire for freedom.


 

samrawit_getanehSamrawit Getaneh, Author

Samrawit Getaneh is a young human rights activist with  a very strong passion for freedom and justice. Her motivation to write comes from her desire to change the unfortunate reality of inequality, oppression and poverty in her country. For her, being a human rights activist in Ethiopia is more than just a passion – its a responsibility. View articles by Samrawit here.


 

taneem_saeedTaneem Saeed, Author

Taneems interest for human rights began when volunteering for Amnesty International in 2002, by helping out in fundraising events to demonstrations. This eventually drilled down to looking at specific cases and lobbying governments and specific MP:s, to support political prisoners unfairly imprisoned and treated in various countries. In 2006, Taneem worked for the EuroMed network for youth trafficking prevention. This with a range of professionals working in different services across the Balkans. Workshops and trainings were held with the aim to see how one can use jobs and professions to raise awareness in the hope of reducing trafficking. Nowadays, Taneem is raising awareness about human rights on his spare time. He joins events and demonstrations against various topical issues and conflicts around the world (and online, through social media). To fund daily living, Taneem is working with insurance. Taneem has a Bachelors degree with Honours in Financial Mathematics from the University of Kent. View articles by Taneem here.


victoria_akanga_untold_storiesVictoria Akanga, Author

Victoria Akanga is a Ugandan born, Swedish raised, English Law Graduate with a passion for black women’s rights and visibility. View articles by Victoria here.

 



wondemagne_ejigu_untold_storiesWondemagne Ejigu, Author

Wondemagne was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was educated in Addis Ababa Commercial College in Human Resource Management and also have a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the Addis Ababa University. He has been working in both the National and commercial Bank of Ethiopia, and as a business consultant and local representative for various foreign  companies. Ever since he was a student at the University, he used to contribute articles to newspapers. A few years back, he specifically started to write mainly about corruption and other social issues. View articles by Wondemagne here.


Yahye Sheikh Abdi

Yahye Sheikh Abdi is from the Ogaden region in Ethiopia. He grew up in Australia where he attained undergraduate in accounting from Curtain University of Technology. He is also a community worker and human rights activist. Yahye enjoys writing short stories and poems that are inspired by real life stories. He would like to be a voice for the voiceless through his stories and poems, specially for the people of Ogaden who find it very hard to have a voice on the international stage.

 

 

Photographers & Illustrators

annie-holm-untold-storiesAnnie Holm, Illustrator

Annie Holm is an art student and freelance illustrator from Stockholm with a great interest in illustration, human rights and politics. She currently studies at KV Konstskola in Gothenburg. View articles that Annie has illustrated by clicking here.

 


 

Astrid_kaneberg_untold_storiesAstrid Kaneberg, Illustrator

Astrid Kaneberg is an illustrator and graphic designer with a background as a scenographer. She is educated in Sockholm and London. Her work is mixed media – graphite, collage och photographic image and her assignments are ranging from editorial illustration to book design. View articles that Astrid has illustrated here.

Photo of Astrid by Jonas Esteban Isfält


 

desiree_kellermanDesirée Kellerman, Illustrator

Desirée Kellerman is an editor and illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has previously lived and worked in London and Oxford. View articles that Desirée has illustrated by clicking here.

 


Jenny_Holmlund_untold_storiesJenny Holmlund, Illustrator

Jenny is a freelance illustrator based in Malmö, Sweden. She is a humanist who fully agree with the saying “None of us is free until all of us are free”. She thinks Untold Stories is a fantastic initiative she is proud to contribute to. View articles that Jenny has illustrated here.
Web www.jennyholmlund.com

 


kisselexy_untold_storiesKisseLexy (Evelina)

KisseLexy (Evelina) is a freelance artist from Stockholm. She designs plushies and mascot costumes and makes illustrations for private, corporate and charity clients. She believes in the future and does what little she can to make it brighter for everyone, everywhere. View articles illustrated by Evelina here.
E-Mail Greenkittylex@gmail.com


sabina_westerlundSabina Westerlund, Illustrator

Sabina is a computer programming student with a great interest in illustration, psychology, pharmacology and human rights. She uses a variation of media in her art work and wishes to integrate her interest for art with her future career as a web developer. View articles that Sabina has illustrated here.

 


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Sara Rivera Olsson, Illustrator

Sara is a happy girl from Gothenburg. She likes kayaking, climbing and running. She likes the ocean, mountains and forests. But the awareness of people suffering all around the world created something inside her, something that gets out in shapes of drawings, paintings and dairy notes. View articles that Sara has illustrated here.

 


 

Editors & Proofreaders

caalaa-hayiluu-2Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa, Afaan Oromo

Caalaa is an Oromo author and poet. He has published two books in Afaan Oromo.

 


 

christy_peacockChristy Peacock, English

Christy is from South Africa and has always had a passion for human rights and helping those in need. She has volunteered with the international organisation Youth With A Mission which has taken her to places like Turkey, Mozambique and Latvia. She has also always had a passion for writing and reading, so contributing to Untold Stories as a proofreader has perfectly merged the two passions. She hopes to continue her studies next year in sociology and psychology so as to contribute more to community development and helping those in need in her home country of South Africa.


daniel_areri_untold_storiesDaniel G. Areri, Author & Poet

Daniel G. Areri was born in 1984, in the Oromia State of Ethiopia. He followed primary and elementary school at Me’e Bokko and Adola Secondary and Preparatory School. He joined Mekelle University in 2005 and studied Journalism and Communication. Daniel graduated with a B.A. degree in 2007.  One month after his graduation, Daniel was immediately hired by the Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) to work as a journalist. He worked as a reporter for the media station in Adama for four years, both in the radio as well as the TV desk. In 2011, Daniel was fired from the media station together with many of his colleagues. This without any committing any fault. The only reason was because of practicing of journalism and being Oromo. He went back to the rural area of his birth place and tried to work within agriculture for one year, as his parent often did. The the local government however made his work challenging. At the end of 2012, Daniel was enforced by cadres to the government to leave the area. Daniel came to Addis Ababa and applied for a Master’s Degree. He  started post graduate studies in the School of Journalism and Communication, in the Addis Ababa University.  Daniel was not lucky to finish his master. He had to drop the school and start a life in exile – because being a journalist and belonging to the Oromo ethic group is a risky business in the eyes of the Ethiopian regime. Daniel is the author of the book Freedom Letter.


 

krystal_juvrudKrystal Juvrud, English

Krystal Juvrud is 28 years-old. Born in the United States, now living in Sweden, she is temporarily working as a bartender in Uppsala. Krystal enjoys roller derby and aspires to become more involved in international humanitarian aid. She is incredibly grateful to be involved in Untold Stories.

 


 

milkissa_cimdessa-untold-stories-sMilkissa Chimdessa Wodajo, Afaan Oromo

Former Lecturer of English & Journalism  at Hawassa University in Ethiopia, blogs at Yerooblog and is currently living in exile.

Web: Yerooblog


 

stephanie_hepner_untold_storiesStephanie Hepner, English

Stephanie Hepner has been a middle and high school special education and English teacher in New York City, in upstate New York, and in Brussels, Belgium. She enjoys writing children’s fiction as well as non-fiction materials for teachers. She also enjoys volunteering, both for local organizations as well as international groups.

 


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Yvette du Plessis

Yvette du Plessis is a law student at the University of Stockholm. Having grown up in three different countries she has a keen interest in languages and international affairs, and is proud to support those fighting to guarantee their freedom of speech.

 

 

Translators

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BefeQadu Z. Hailu, Translator English to Amharic

BefeQadu is a blogger, democracy activist and Ethiopian Dreamer – a MIS expert by profession and a writer by inclination. His first novel Children of Their Parents won the Burt Award for African Literature (Ethiopia) in 2012. He is also a Zone 9 Blogger and a volunteering editor of Global Voices in Amharic.

Web: befeqe.blogspot.com


daniel_areri_untold_storiesDaniel G. Areri, Translator English to Afaan Oromoo

Daniel G. Areri was born in 1984, in the Oromia State of Ethiopia. He followed primary and elementary school at Me’e Bokko and Adola Secondary and Preparatory School. He joined Mekelle University in 2005 and studied Journalism and Communication. Daniel graduated with a B.A. degree in 2007.  One month after his graduation, Daniel was immediately hired by the Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) to work as a journalist. He worked as a reporter for the media station in Adama for four years, both in the radio as well as the TV desk. In 2011, Daniel was fired from the media station together with many of his colleagues. This without any committing any fault. The only reason was because of practicing of journalism and being Oromo. He went back to the rural area of his birth place and tried to work within agriculture for one year, as his parent often did. The the local government however made his work challenging. At the end of 2012, Daniel was enforced by cadres to the government to leave the area. Daniel came to Addis Ababa and applied for a Master’s Degree. He  started post graduate studies in the School of Journalism and Communication, in the Addis Ababa University.  Daniel was not lucky to finish his master. He had to drop the school and start a life in exile – because being a journalist and belonging to the Oromo ethic group is a risky business in the eyes of the Ethiopian regime. Daniel is the author of the book Freedom Letter.


 

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Lina Fröjd Gustafsson, Translator English to Swedish

Lina is a Swedish woman who loves to watch documentaries, especially about psychology, the science behind love and the human brain. She is also very fond of animals and nature, and believes that it is important to take care of the animals and to recycle what you no longer use. She has studied multiple languages but Swedish and English are the ones she is best at.


milkissa_cimdessa-untold-stories-sMilkissa Chimdessa Wodajo, Translator English to Afaan Oromoo

Former Lecturer of English & Journalism  at Hawassa University in Ethiopia, blogs at Yerooblog and is currently living in exile.

Web: Yerooblog


 

saga_norrby_untold_storiesSaga Norrby, Translator English to Swedish

Saga is a young Swedish woman who believes in the power of moments. Each moment is an opportunity to, little by little, make this world a more compassionate, wholesome and just world. Our thoughts, attitudes, words and actions – they all matter. They can all be put to constructive or destructive use. Being a translator for Untold Stories, is one of Saga’s ways to put hers to constructive use – a way of contributing to shedding light on, and battling, the injustices and atrocities that many of us have to face.


Yoseph Berhane

Yoseph is an Ethiopian social change activist currently living in Sweden. He is studying a Master of Arts degree in Communication for Development at Malmö University. He blogs about Ethiopia on http://yosephbet.blogspot.se/ and involved in social media activism through Twitter and Facebook. He manages the Oromo Protests campaign on Crowd Voice crowdvoice.org/oromo-voice-op-ethiopia and the +904 collective on Ushahidi.