Two Senegalese journalists win the 2017 Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon prize
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The fourth annual Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon award was awarded on Thursday to Arona Diouf and Nicole Diedhou in an emotional ceremony in Dakar, Senegal.
The award was created to pay homage to Dupont and Verlon, two RFI journalists whoe were assassinated on November 2, 2013, after being abducted while on mission in Mali.
Diouf, 33, and radio technician Diedhiou won the competition, which had a theme of “Tolerance”. They received their prizes in the presence of Mali’s ambassador to Senegal and France's ambassador to Senegal as well as Verlon's daughter and Dupont's mother. Both family members were very moved and spoke of their contrasting sentiments: both the joy and the sorrow felt during the ceremony, which in the words of Dupont was the “bearer of sadness, but also of hope”.
The two laureates were chosen among 20 candidates trained by the RFI team in Dakar. The final exam consisted of creating a report as a duo. Diouf and Diedhou received the awards for two projects, one on polygamy and a second on obstetric fistula.