Help for the Family of Yemeni Journalist Almigdad Mojali

For: Almigdad Mojali's Family
Sana'a, Amanat Al Asimah, Yemen
Organizer: Neal Jackson
$8,685
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 80 donors
86% Complete
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The Story

Almigdad Mojali, who was killed on January 17, 2016 by an airstrike while working in Yemen, was one of the most committed and generous journalists in Yemen.  While he could have left the country on many occasions, not only did he stay and report on the many tragedies in his country, but he was available 24/7 to help other journalists to report more effectively, no matter what country they were from. 

Almigdad personally supported safety training efforts for journalists, and he was an informal ombudsman for his country, contacting media which he thought was not reporting correctly on the events in his country.

The story of his death was reported in The New York Times and The Telegraph.  So we will not repeat the gory details.  But he leaves behind a family, including a young son whom he adored.  Almigdad was a prime support for his son and family, and many of us would like to help with the huge gap his death leaves them. 

The friends who are part of this effort are too numerous to mention, and most cannot include their names for safety and other reasons.  But I can say that they include for example, reporters for a major US newspaper and a major European wire service, as well as staff from well-known NGOs supporting journalists.  They also are freelance journalists who worked with or were supported by Almigdad.  They are both Yemeni and other friends who have known Almigdad over the years as he grew to be the talented, principled journalist that he was when he died.  So please join us in making a donation in memory of this great man....

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 4, 2016

Posted on August 4, 2016

I am very pleased to let all supporters know that Almigdad Mojali's son, Abdulaziz, is doing well and is living with his grandparents, where he is receiving much love and care.  His wellbeing is being looked after by his uncle (Almigdad's brother), Abdullah.  You can follow Abdulaziz on Facebook, where Abdullah has created a page especially for him and has been regularly posting photo updates.  https://www.facebook.com/abdulaziz.almigdad  Just "friend" him there, and Abdullah will accept your "friending." We again thank you for your support.

Posted on February 2, 2016

Posted on February 2, 2016

Journalist Mohammed Ali Kalfood has written a heart-wrenching and very personal story in the Intercept describing how Almigdad died. This is worth a read - and a lesson learned on the dangers to local journalists in conflict areas.  

Posted on January 24, 2016

Posted on January 24, 2016

Today is the one-week anniversary of Almigdad’s death.  We have collected a bit over 60% of our goal, and we are very pleased at the support so many people have given, from all over the world.  Thanks to each and every one of you.

But we may have set the goal a little on the low end of what will be needed to raise Almigdad’s son, Abdulaziz. He is now six years old and would complete a university-level education at about 21.  That means he would need 15 years of support.  At the current cost of living in Yemen, the $10,000 we set as our goal may well not fully support him through university-level education.

So, we ask that each new contributor please dig as deeply as possible, so we can push our total contributions well over the goal that we set.  The money will be needed to raise Abdulaziz to be the fine man which his father would want.

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