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Meet Our 2013 Fellow: AndrÉs Caballero
[Andres Caballero] Andrés Caballero grew up trotting the globe with his journalist father. He worked with Latino USA, ran a kettle corn company and sold us on a story out of Cameroon, where tensions are high between the secular state and a fast-growing Pentecostal movement sometimes associated with the persecution of child witches.

Andrés reported a piece about health clinics on Morning Edition February 19, 2014, and another about Central African Republic refugees on Weekend Edition March 15, 2014.

His two-part series on the Pentecostal movement aired on Weekend Edition Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, 2014.
Listen: Part I | Part II

2017 Update: Andrés was awarded a MacArthur Grant for an upcoming documentary film project, The Interpreter. His film Gaucho Del Norte premiered in January 2015.

view from the pew




From start to finish, working in Cameroon was a real challenge driven by significant improvisation. From church to church, I visited Pentecostal pastors all over the country. I watched how the rise of a fast-growing religious movement threatened the Cameroonian government and pushed them to clamp down on churches.

I visited state hospitals, slums, fancy government offices and neighborhood clinics. I crammed in the back of cars and buses and travelled to and from Anglophone and Francophone Cameroon. I saw beautiful and horrible things. —AC

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a detour to the central african republic border




Just hours before preparing to head back to the States, instead of taking a cab to the airport, I got on a bus heading toward the border with Central African Republic.

I talked to refugees who had watched their loved ones being butchered by men with machetes in the name of religion. I crossed the border and spoke to the so-called Christian militia also known as the anti-balaka. I knew that reporting from Cameroon – with resources – was one seldom opportunity, so I was hell bent on chasing down every single story I could while I was there.

(I did eventually make it to the airport.) —AC

Andrés's piece about Central African Republic refugees aired on Weekend Edition March 15. Listen here.

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a health clinic crisis


Laquintinie is one of Douala’s busiest government health facilities also known for its slow service and lack of medical staff.


Sylvestre Mebam runs the Family Health Medical Center in Douala’s Omnisport neighborhood. His non-registered clinic is among hundreds targeted by the government for closure. Mebam has no official medical training, but he welcomes and treats patients who go to him after they run out of money for treatment at better-equipped state facilities.

Andrés reported a piece about Cameroon's health clinic crisis that aired on Morning Edition February 19, 2014. Listen here.

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2/19/2014
Andrés Caballero airs a piece on NPR's "Morning Edition." Listen here.

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Pencils down! 2013 application cycle is now closed.

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$20,000 anonymous matching funds contribution.

3/15/2009
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