|Award of Excellence
the Los Angeles Times
"Flight from Rage: Conflict in the Central African Republic"
A Muslim woman, Alima Ambayakwe, brushes off the affection of a self-styled “anti-balaka” general, Maurice Konomo, in the city of Yaloke where he asked her to kiss him. Konomo said he found the 20-year-old woman sad and alone under a mango tree along the road and pledged to hand her over to peacekeepers. The terrified young woman was put into a car with three fighters and driven away.