Carolyn Thompson is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is trained as a data journalist and seeks out stories that use numbers to provide context to issues and improve accountability. She reported on the crisis in South Sudan when fighting broke out in the capital city on the eve of the country's fifth independence day. She later travelled to refugee camps in Uganda to interview people forced to flee due to ongoing violence and insecurity. Carolyn previously reported for several Canadian newspapers, and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She also worked as a trainer at the Juba Monitor newspaper in Juba, South Sudan and at Citi FM in Accra, Ghana with Journalists for Human Rights, and has run several data journalism trainings in Ghana and Kenya through iJourno Africa. She has also worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and South Africa.