Frauke Decoodt has a past in activism, anthropology and journalism. She obtained an MA in the anthropology of conflict, violence and reconciliation at Sussex University in 2007. Since 2010 until now she lived two years in Guatemala and a year and a half in Honduras. She often travels back to the region. In both countries she worked with Peace Brigades International for a year, which allowed her to acquire very good knowledge of the human rights situation and many close contacts in the field. Her big passion is journalism committed to social justice.
Frauke is a freelance print and photojournalist reporting on violence and injustice, on the stories behind the people affected, their resistances and struggles for change. She wrote on indigenous struggles for land, identity and women’s rights in Guatemala. She reported on the killing of youngsters, the reasons for immigration, the fraudulent elections and the violence suffered by the LGBTI community in Honduras. She was in Nicaragua during the uprising and in El Salvador she wrote a story on women imprisoned for decades under harsh abortion laws. In Colombia she investigated the experiences banana plantation workers and of women in the conflict. Her articles and photographs speak of the multiple ways people confront economical, political, social and cultural violence.
Frauke writes in Dutch, English and Spanish. Various of her articles were translated to other languages. Her articles were, amongst others, published in Internazionale, New Internationalist, El Confidencial, El Pulso, One World, MO*, De Standaard and various digital media. She received a grant from Free Press Unlimited – Postcode Loterij Fonds.