Who is Joanie de Rijke?
Joanie is a journalist who has seen many war zones. But disaster struck in 2008, when she was abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan. She spent six long days fighting courageously for her life, until she was finally freed. She wrote a book about her experience when she returned home.
Despite this traumatising event, she continues to work as a journalist in the region and decided to write another book, Pakistan, het gevaarlijkste land ter wereld (Pakistan, the most dangerous country in the world), a revelation in Dutch journalism. As a reporter mainly for weekly magazine Knack, she continues to travel to Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans. She encounters the bitter realities of war, but also the human aspect.
Although we often see images from war zones, we can’t truly comprehend what it’s really like. During her travels, Joanie visits places that most of us would prefer to avoid. In 2017, famous Dutch investigative and war journalist Arnold Karskens proclaimed her the best Dutch war reporter of the year. She shares her fascinating and emotional experiences during this keynote.
The lecture by Joanie de Rijke flowed perfectly. A nice presentation and a pleasant chat afterwards.
Inner Wheel Mandel-Leie
Joanie de Rijke's lecture, ‘Oorlog in Syrië en vluchtelingenstroom’ (War in Syria and the refugee train) is the story of someone who has experienced everything from close by; someone who views the positives as well as the negatives; balanced but also captivating.
Joanie de Rijke's lecture, ‘In de handen van de Taliban’ (In the hands of the Taliban) received nothing but positive reactions. Very well done.
Everyone was very enthusiastic about the lecture by Joanie de Rijke. A top speaker with a fantastic story.
Kelly de Plecker
We heard the lecture by Joanie de Rijke this morning. In one word: FANTASTIC! Our members hung on her every word. Thank you once again for the great collaboration.
Nadine De Knock
editor - for VIE (Vrouwen In Evolutie) Ghent
We are very pleased with the lecture by Joanie de Rijke. She presented the perfect mix of travel stories, travel suggestions and political context in the countries concerned. Our audience really enjoyed it.