Khalida Niaz

PESHAWAR: Razia Mehsud has become the voice of the war affected people of South Waziristan where it was almost impossible for a woman to raise voice even for her own rights.

With the help of Tribal News Network (TNN), Razia has got international recognition for her efforts for the tribal people. She has been interviewed by a number of media organizations including the British Broadcasting company (BBC) for her services in the field of journalism.

Razia has started her journalism career after taking part in the five-day citizen journalism training of TNN in Peshawar. The training was supported by DWA as part of a three-year journalism project for IDPs and host communities in former FATA and KP provinces from 2018-2020. After the training, she started the field work from the platform of TNN and highlighted the issues faced by the people of her area in a befitting manner.

Her topics of interest are women education, local customs and tradition and human rights. Here recent feat was the first ever interview of Late Naqib Ullah Mehsud widow which was published on the website of Geo Tv.

Her work has also been appreciated not only the national but also on the international levels. This is clear from here interview by BBC which was focused on how she joined journalism and what problems she is facing in the field as it is always difficult for a woman to do journalism, especially in tribal districts.

Razia has told BBC that she has started journalism with the aim to highlight issues faced by the tribal people. Razia revealed that she has also received threats from influential persons in the area but she has continued her efforts despite all the threats and hostile environment.

She has said that even her mother in law has refused to allow her permission to work in the field. However, she said, her husband has extended all the support due to which she made a name in journalism and today even her mother in law appreciates her for achievements.

Besides Razia, her husband Kamran Mehsud and sister Bushra Mehsud has also received the citizens journalism training and are active in highlighting the issues faced by the tribal people.

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