Focus: Communications - Three minutes with... Jane Bussman, writer, Bussman's Holiday

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH CORD?

I heard about Cord, a relief and development charity, through some of the child soldiers I met in Uganda. The organisation helps people rebuild their lives after conflict and I was told it was doing good work, so I gave it a call.

WHAT WERE YOU DOING IN UGANDA?

I was a celebrity journalist in Los Angeles, and I decided that I wanted to do something worthwhile. I had heard about John Prendergast, who used to work for Bill Clinton and now tours the world trying to end wars as a special adviser at the International Crisis Group. He's also very good looking, so I decided to make a documentary about him and ended up following him to Uganda.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE A COMEDY ABOUT IT?

I was shocked at what's going on in Uganda - 30,000 child soldiers have been abducted and forced to fight in the Lord's Resistance Army in the past 20 years.

I tried to write a couple of articles and make a documentary, but nobody was really that interested. So I turned to comedy - I've written for Brass Eye and The Fast Show, so it's what I know.

WHAT DID CORD THINK OF IT?

Because it was about an extremely serious issue, I was worried that the people at Cord wouldn't find my comedy funny. But they got it straight away, and now they are helping me to promote it before my appearance at the Edinburgh Festival next month.

WHAT OTHER FEEDBACK HAVE YOU HAD?

People have told me that they loved it. Sometimes people feel as if they have had too much news, which is why I didn't have much success with my documentary or articles.

I knew how hard it was to get coverage for a story that doesn't have a celebrity angle, so I also incorporated some celebrity gossip into my show.

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