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BOTW01First Impressions20140519First impressions of Kinshasa, and an encounter with a group of orphaned children.
Stringer is Anjan Sundaram's vivid account of self-discovery and danger in the heart of Africa. In 2005, at the age of 22, the decision to become a journalist takes Sundaram to Congo where he spends a year and a half cutting his teeth as a reporter for a news agency. With the 2006 elections approaching he immerses himself in the everyday life of this lawless and war torn country. This intense period takes him deep into the shadowy parts of Kinshasa, to the dense rain forest with an Indian businessman hunting for his fortune, and culminates in the historic and violent elections of 2006.
Anjan Sundaram is an award-winning journalist who has reported from Africa and the Middle East for the New York Times and the Associated Press. He received a Reuters journalism award in 2006 for his reporting on Pygmy tribes in Congo's rain forest.
Read by Riz Ahmed who is best known for his work in film. He has starred in The Road to Guantanamo, Shifty, Four Lions, Ill Manors and The Reluctant Fundamentalist which he also read for Radio 4's Book at Bedtime.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW02Changes Of Fortune20140520A frightening encounter compels Anjan to redouble his efforts to find work as a reporter.
Stringer is Anjan Sundaram's vivid account of self-discovery and danger. In 2005, at the age of 22, the decision to give up a maths degree to become a journalist takes Sundaram to war torn Congo ahead of the first democratic elections for forty years. Today, a tense encounter compels him to redouble his efforts to find work as a reporter.
Read by Riz Ahmed
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW03A Journey On The River Congo20140521A journey along the River Congo leads to new insights for the journalist.
Stringer is Anjan Sundaram's vivid account of self-discovery and danger. In 2005, at the age of 22, the decision to give up a maths degree to become a journalist takes Sundaram to war torn Congo ahead of the first democratic elections for 40 years. Today, Sundaram leaves the city of Kinshasa behind and travels along the River Congo into the jungle where a chance encounter leaves him unsettled.
Read by Riz Ahmed
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW04An Interview20140522Stringer is Anjan Sundaram's vivid account of self-discovery and danger. In 2005, at the age of 22, the decision to give up a maths degree to become a journalist takes Sundaram to war torn Congo ahead of the first democratic elections for forty years. Today, he heads east towards the conflict and conducts an extraordinary interview.
Read by Riz Ahmed.
Abridged by Richad Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW05 LASTThe Elections20140523Anjan Sundaram observes the elections and is caught up in their disturbing aftermath.
Stringer is Anjan Sundaram's vivid account of self-discovery and danger. In 2005, at the age of 22, the decision to give up a maths Phd to become a journalist takes Sundaram to war torn Congo ahead of the first democratic elections for forty years. Today, he observes the elections and is caught up in their disturbing aftermath.
Read by Riz Ahmed.
Abridged by Richad Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

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