Who is Joanie De Rijke?
This past year, Joanie stood where it happened, from the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. She reported from Kiev during the first days of the war, when almost no one dared enter, and then spent five weeks reporting across the country. The coverage was featured in De Morgen, via video reports in The Appointment, The Seventh Day and on Radio 1. Joanie traveled back and forth to Ukraine many times in 2022 to bring reports. Among others, she spoke with the mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klichko, Maikhail Podolyak, advisor to Zelensky, and she was the first European journalist to visit a camp for Russian prisoners of war in Ukraine. In February 2023, she will be featured on Streamz in the documentary series War Junkies, about her work in a war zone.
Journalist Joanie has already visited several war zones, but in 2008 things go wrong when she is kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan. For six days, she bravely fights for her life until she is released. Upon returning home, she writes a book about her experiences.
Despite this traumatic experience, she continues to work as a journalist in the region and writes another book, Pakistan, the most dangerous country in the world, a revelation in Dutch-language journalism. As a reporter, mainly for the weekly Knack, she continues to travel to Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans. She encounters brutal war, but also the human side.
Although we are often confronted with images of war zones, we can hardly imagine them. On her travels, Joanie gets to places most of us would rather stay away from. In 2017, renowned Dutch investigative and war journalist Arnold Karskens named her best Dutch war reporter of the year. She recounts her experiences in a fascinating and moving way.
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.