// Paulo Moura

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‘Does the world know we’re here?’ asks Jonathan, 29. ‘In Europe is there anyone who lives in bushes? Does the world know we go hungry? That we’re here without shelter, in winter, in the rain and cold? That we’re the object of hunts, of killings?’
In Missnana, death is a light sleeper.

Journalist, writer. Paulo Moura was born in Porto, Portugal in 1959. He studied in Porto, gaining a degree in History and another in Journalism. In 1989, he began working as a journalist with the Portuguese daily newspaper Público. He served as a correspondent in the United States from 1993 to 1995, based first in Washington, then in New York City. In 1997 he began working for the Público’s Sunday magazine Pública. He was the magazine’s editor-in-chief from 1999 to 2001.

Over the last fifteen years Moura has written pieces of reportage and chronicles about culture and media. He has reported on all major conflicts and wars, in Algeria, Angola, Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In Afghanistan, he followed the Northern Alliance in its military campaign from Kadja Baudin to Kabul. In Iraq, he followed the American troops from Kuwait to Baghdad.

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Moura has been awarded many journalism prizes, from the Prize for Reportage of the Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento in 1994, followed by the Prize for Written Reportage of the Clube Português de Imprensa in 1996, 1998 and 2002. In 2001, he won the European Commission’s Prize for Journalism. And in 2003, he was awarded the Journalism for Tolerance-Prize by the Portuguese government’s High Commission for Immigration and Ethnic Minorities for his pieces of reportage on the inhumane conditions which Sub-Saharan immigrants encounter along their flight to Europe.

A pair of investigative articles has been nominated for the prize, Missnana. The Light Sleep of Death, and A Baby and a Passport to Heaven. In these, Moura observes African refugees’ strategies on their way to the wealthy North, their stations, their living conditions, and their manifold attempts and failures to enter Fortress Europe.

Before beginning to work as a journalist, Moura taught History at a secondary school. Now he teaches journalism at the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social de Lisboa.

Paulo Moura lives in Estoril, at the seaside near Lisbon, and has a 16-year-old son who wants to be a scientist.