The Frontline Freelance Register is deeply saddened by the death of member Chris Allen while covering the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Chris was embedded with rebel forces and died during heavy clashes with government troops in the town of Kaya in Yei River State on Saturday. Chris had been based in Ukraine since 2015 and was one of the first Western journalists to embed with volunteer battalions fighting separatist forces in the East. His work has been published in Al Jazeera English, Vice News, the Telegraph and the Independent among others. Chris was passionate about colleague mentorship and consistently advocated for better working conditions for conflict freelancers.
"The work of freelance reporters has never been so vital. In a world of shrinking budgets and massive job cuts, they shoulder the brunt of reporting on some of the world's most dangerous stories — often with low compensation and at great risk to themselves. As we mourn the loss of Chris, and Kim Wall's death earlier this month, let us also use these moments to reflect on what steps can be taken to make this industry safer. In doing so, we might avert future tragedies in our community." said FFR board member and freelance photojournalist Cengiz Yar.
Our thoughts are with Chris’s family, friends, and colleagues at this difficult time.
photo credit: War Zone Freelance