Hazel Southam - Journalist

Fiona Bramley reads her Braille Bible

Francine Bramley reads her Braille Bible © Clare Kendall


Born Blind

A punishment from God. That’s how Francine Bramley’s mother saw her. And for the first 12 years of her life she lived that punishment every day, tied to a wooden chair or kept in bed. Francine had no friends, never played outside and certainly didn’t attend school.

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African Union Summit

More than 150 African political and Church leaders gathered in Addis Ababa in February to pray.

The historic event was a prayer breakfast organised by the Bible Society of Ethiopia in conjunction with Bible Society in the UK.

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About Hazel

Hazel Southam is an award-winning journalist who reports on religious affairs, international development and the environment. She has covered four G8 Summits.

She wrote for The Sunday and Daily Telegraph for 10 years. Her work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Mail and The Evening Standard.

Reporting assignments have taken her to places including Bosnia, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, Albania, Nagorno-Karabakh, Senegal and the Arctic Circle.

In the UK, she has also delivered media training to the MOD and leading businesses.

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