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Raeesh Ahmed- Village Lalpur Vrahalda, Post Sonava Lakmilaula District Shrawasati, U.P.
Raeesh Ahmed primarily reports on issues related to livelihood security and resettlement.
Raeesh Ahmed believes that reporting’s exposure of critical issues can lead to change. The roots of this belief begin when a massive flood from the river Revati destroyed his house and ruined drinking water sources. Raeesh and his family had to rebuild their lives after losing everything. Many of his friends and neighbors experienced the same struggles. The experience made Raeesh decide to dedicate his life’s work to livelihood issues. He joined the Panchsheel Development Trust, which works to assist victims of natural disasters in strengthening their capacity to rebuild their homes and their lives. In his work with PDT, he focused on improving Dalits’ and adivasis’ access to resources. In his work with VV, he reports on the particular challenges that these people face after disasters. He also exposes issues related to resettlement and victim compensation policies. After he made a video about how a local political leader extorted land worth seven lakhs, he received death threats. For Raeesh, this represented the power that his work has to change systems and reverse corrupt norms. He continued his social justice reporting.
About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organizations.