Welcome to “The Norwegian Perspective”
My name is Susanne Tunge Østhus and I am currently studying journalism at La Trobe University in Melbourne. As you can see from my weird last names, I am not Aussie. I moved from Norway in July 2012 to study in Australia for three years. Why not just study in Norway? Is something I get asked all the time. The answer is that I want a more international education, so that I can feed my urge for travelling while working.
In the future, I aim to become a foreign correspondent and report on the news from where and when they are happening. International news is something that has always interested me and I like to keep track of what is going on all around the world. I often see that mainstream media seem to forget many ongoing conflicts; therefore, this blog is dedicated to look deeper into these forgotten conflicts, mainly in Africa. There are so many conflicts happening now in Africa, but lately the conflicts in countries such as Libya, Mali, and Syria are the ones with the most media attention. However, the reality is that 15 countries in Africa are either in conflict or in post-war conflict.
What happened in Uganda after the worldwide campaign against Kony in 2012? Why is the Sudanese government fighting the population of Darfur? Why has the soon 60 year old conflict between Sunni Muslims and Christians in Nigeria not been solved yet?
These questions are a little preview of conflicts and topics I will look deeper into and report on. In a while, I want to expand the blog to look at conflicts in Asia as well.
I acknowledge that my insight and interpretation of these conflicts can be affected by my cultural background. As I have never lived or visited Africa, I understand that my knowledge of the countries and the conflicts is limited. Therefore, I decided to call my blog, The Norwegian Perspective, to clearify that the way I see things can differ from the way others see it. I welcome input on these blog posts, as it would help me learn and understand more about these conflicts from other perspectives.