Mélissa Godin is a Canadian journalist based in Paris who writes character-driven stories about climate change and human rights. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine and The Guardian, among others. In 2021, Mélissa was named an Emerging Climate Journalist finalist by the Columbia Journalism Review.
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Over 2,000 insurgents, among them leaders of the revolt, faced trial in Constantine, Algeria, where they were presented not as anti-colonial leaders but as petty criminals. Because most of the men hailed from noble families, however, the French were wary of sentencing them to death. Instead, they decided to exile the men to the farthest place imaginable: New Caledonia.