A group of journalism and media students working in Africa are devastated after thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from them as they slept. The students (16 in total) were part of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Media in Ghana program. Burglars took electronics and irreplaceable memories totaling $25,000 from the compound the students were staying in.

A group of journalism and media students working in Africa are devastated after thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from them as they slept.

The students (16 in total) were part of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Media in Ghana program. Burglars took electronics and irreplaceable memories totaling $25,000 from the compound the students were staying in.

They collectively lost eight laptops, five iPhones, two cameras and two backpacks, reported Eder Campuzano for the UO Emerald. One UO grad student lost his MacBook Pro that contained his partially completed thesis required for his master’s degree. Another student, a journalism major, lost her Canon 60D digital camera and the accompanying memory card containing photos and videos that she estimated took almost 120 hours to produce.

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In a blog post on the Media in Ghana site, a student participant wrote that the lost electronics represented “years of intangible memories, pictures, music, portfolios pieces and schoolwork that can never be replaced. You can’t put a dollar amount on the magnitude of things that were stolen from the bedrooms’ of my roommates while they peacefully slept. “

Read more on College Media Matters and the University of Oregon Daily Emerald.