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Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour International media coverage of the Arab world is dominated by the work of Western correspondents—meaning we often view stories about those complex Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour International media coverage of the Arab world is dominated by the work of Western correspondents—meaning we often view stories about those complex, interconnected conflicts through one particular lens. But a growing number of intrepid Arab women, whose access to and understanding of their subjects are vastly different than their Western counterparts, are working tirelessly to shape nuanced narratives about their homelands through their work as reporters and photojournalists. In Our Women on the Ground, nineteen of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it's like to report on conflicts that are (quite literally) close to home. From sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the impossibility of traveling without a male relative in Yemen, their challenges are unique—as are their advantages, such as being able to speak candidly with other women or gain entry to places that an outsider would never be able to access. Their daring, shocking, and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about Arab women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is often misunderstood. INCLUDING ESSAYS BY: Donna Abu-Nasr, Aida Alami, Hannah Allam, Jane Arraf, Lina Attalah, Nada Bakri, Shamael Elnoor, Zaina Erhaim, Asmaa al-Ghoul, Hind Hassan, Eman Helal, Zeina Karam, Roula Khalaf, Nour Malas, Hwaida Saad, Amira Al-Sharif, Heba Shibani, Lina Sinjab, and Natacha Yazbeck


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Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour International media coverage of the Arab world is dominated by the work of Western correspondents—meaning we often view stories about those complex Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour International media coverage of the Arab world is dominated by the work of Western correspondents—meaning we often view stories about those complex, interconnected conflicts through one particular lens. But a growing number of intrepid Arab women, whose access to and understanding of their subjects are vastly different than their Western counterparts, are working tirelessly to shape nuanced narratives about their homelands through their work as reporters and photojournalists. In Our Women on the Ground, nineteen of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it's like to report on conflicts that are (quite literally) close to home. From sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the impossibility of traveling without a male relative in Yemen, their challenges are unique—as are their advantages, such as being able to speak candidly with other women or gain entry to places that an outsider would never be able to access. Their daring, shocking, and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about Arab women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is often misunderstood. INCLUDING ESSAYS BY: Donna Abu-Nasr, Aida Alami, Hannah Allam, Jane Arraf, Lina Attalah, Nada Bakri, Shamael Elnoor, Zaina Erhaim, Asmaa al-Ghoul, Hind Hassan, Eman Helal, Zeina Karam, Roula Khalaf, Nour Malas, Hwaida Saad, Amira Al-Sharif, Heba Shibani, Lina Sinjab, and Natacha Yazbeck

30 review for Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zahra Hankir

    Though my name is on the book, I’m rating the gorgeous essays I edited. After having read those essays dozens of times over the past two years, they still give me goosebumps, and I remain astounded by their depth.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Everyone needs to read this book. The writing is gorgeous, the stories by turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and endlessly courageous, and they give western readers a clearer and more nuanced picture of life on the ground in the Arab world than I’ve ever read before.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amal Bedhyefi

    Such an important book that highlights the life of 19 female arab journalists who dared to break the stereotypes in order to be Sahafiyat . Zahra Hankir wrote in the introduction that ' A Sahafiya is twice burdened' and that is exactly why their stories need to be heard , especially with the rise of representation and the dangers of single narratives.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Usman Butt

    “When ISIS soldiers arrest me and kill me, it will be okay, because while they will cut off my head, I’ll still have dignity, which is better than living in humiliation.” This was the last daring Facebook post of Ruqia Hasan, a citizen journalist based in the Syrian city of Raqqa who was subsequently kidnapped and executed by Daesh in 2015. Hasan, like many across the Middle East, had no formal background or education in journalism, nor was she employed by any media outlet. However, l “When ISIS soldiers arrest me and kill me, it will be okay, because while they will cut off my head, I’ll still have dignity, which is better than living in humiliation.” This was the last daring Facebook post of Ruqia Hasan, a citizen journalist based in the Syrian city of Raqqa who was subsequently kidnapped and executed by Daesh in 2015. Hasan, like many across the Middle East, had no formal background or education in journalism, nor was she employed by any media outlet. However, like others across the region, she eagerly embraced social media and used it to document her experiences. Her Facebook posts provided a chilling insight into life under Daesh’s rule, and she paid the ultimate price for it. Journalism in the Middle East, whether by professional or citizen reporters, can often be a game of Russian roulette. With the region featuring at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, many face harassment, imprisonment, exile or death. While white, male war reporters and foreign correspondents dominate Western screens and by-lines, the crucial journalistic work done by Arab women often goes unappreciated and, yet, their work is essential to understanding the dynamics of the region. Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World’ by British-Lebanese writer and journalist Zahra Hankir collects personal stories of women who cover the news, from Iraq to Morocco. The essays reflect everything from the human cost of war and sexism in the workplace to tackling gender norms and the personal cost of reporting. The challenges women face when covering the Middle East are varied and, at times, oddly contradictory; some local media outlets try to prevent their own female employees from reporting certain stories. In Eman Helal’s essay ‘Just Stop’, we learn of her eagerness and tenacity as a photojournalist seeking to cover protests and civil strife in Egypt, despite her senior editor actively trying to stop her from going out on “dangerous” assignments which are “no place for women”. However, despite attempts to confine her to the office for her “own safety”, Helal finds that in fact the office is far from a safe space, often having to deal with harassment from her male colleagues. Media environments in the Arab world can be stifling for one’s journalistic career, but to be a female journalist in the region also has its advantages. Women can often get stories their male counterparts cannot get. At the height of conflict in places like Iraq, for example, female reporters were often able to pass through checkpoints and enter militia-held areas, which was unthinkable for their male counterparts. These female journalists are therefore able to offer a fascinating insight into spaces rarely open to the outside world. One particularly gripping account is offered by Hannah Allam, who managed to enter Imam Ali’s shrine in Najaf, southern Iraq, during the US assault on the city in 2004. US troops surrounded the religious compound, while members of the Shia Mehdi Army were battling them in the streets. While all the men were outside fighting, inside the shrine became a sanctuary for women. However, the women were not passively hiding from the violence outside, but were in fact undertaking relief efforts. It was here that Allam met extraordinary people keeping both the fighters of the Mehdi Army and US soldiers alive, showing empathy to soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Allam used her time in Iraq to talk about the effect of war on Iraqi society beyond the explosions; we meet Egyptian hairdressers and encounter Iraqis’ dark humour. By doing so, Allam allows the reader to see a side of Iraq that many do not think is worth reporting, even though this tells us more about the daily life of Iraqis than much of what is reported. The personal impact of covering the Middle East during troubled times comes out in multiple ways for each reporter. While some are directly threatened with violence for doing their jobs, others are forced into uncomfortable positions while covering conflict from afar. Hwaida Saad’s essay on how her interpersonal relationships with sources in Syria changed over time, as the 2011 Syrian Revolution turned into civil war, captured the dilemma faced by many journalists. As sectarianism became more salient in Syria, sources who had come to think of Hwaida as a friend became more suspicious of her and demanded to know what her sectarian background was. Being Lebanese, with her personal experience of conflict in Lebanon, she refused to answer these questions, but found that many of her sources stopped talking to her as a result. Personal boundaries cost her sources for stories and even friendships. Our Women on the Ground’ is a compelling and gripping read; it is, however, not an exhaustive compendium on female reporters from the Arab world. What the reader is being given is an insight into what is out there, a drop in a very large ocean; I have come to regard the book as an introduction into what is possible. By the simple act of reading what these women have to say, we are able to visit spaces, places and meet people that are otherwise beyond our reach. The diversity of voices out there is even greater than one book can capture, but where the book succeeds is bringing together different voices, allowing them to tell stories of their own choosing, each one being alluring in its own special way. As Zahra Hankir says in the introduction, “I created this long overdue anthology because it’s a book I desperately wanted to see on bookshelves everywhere”. If the key to a good book is to produce a book that you would like to read, I think Hankir has created a book that we are all desperate to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Richey

    Audiofile Review. What an eye opener. I wasn't really consuming news about the Arab world as a teenager in the 2000s, so this really helped fill in some blanks. I really appreciate how honest and frank these women reporters are. I have a much better understanding, although still pretty basic, of the Arab world and what it is like for those women. More than anything, this book makes me hungry for more information.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Chabe

    Important, terrifying, electrifying.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ilhamreads

    OWOTG is a collection of essays by Arab women journalists edited by Lebanese-British Zahra Hankir. She wrote that she created the anthology because she’d been desperate to see a book like that on bookshelves, “one that brings attention to underreported tales and the women who tell them. Arab women aren’t heard enough in this space. But they’re living and breathing the region, reporting on it from the front lines in Sana’a and Mosul and Riyadh and Cairo. These are our women on the ground.” The bo OWOTG is a collection of essays by Arab women journalists edited by Lebanese-British Zahra Hankir. She wrote that she created the anthology because she’d been desperate to see a book like that on bookshelves, “one that brings attention to underreported tales and the women who tell them. Arab women aren’t heard enough in this space. But they’re living and breathing the region, reporting on it from the front lines in Sana’a and Mosul and Riyadh and Cairo. These are our women on the ground.” The book covers a wide array of opinions and subjects, and features several Arab countries, although I found that it was a bit too centred around Syrian and Lebanese journalists. I would’ve loved to see more from Maghreb countries. That being said, the quality of the writing and editing is impeccable. Nada Bakri’s chapter ‘Love and Loss in a Time of Revolution’, in which she narrates the loss of her journalist husband Anthony while he was reporting the Syrian conflict, is beautiful. The story is utterly heartbreaking, and her ability to convey pain is truly remarkable. My favourite chapter is Natacha Yazbeck’s essay ‘Spin’. It chronicles the story of her family’s immigration from Lebanon in such a moving way. It is a captivating and moving story, and her storytelling is incredible. Also, she made the most gorgeous reference to my favourite Toni Morrison novel, and I must admit I was sold pretty quickly. I have to say though, I felt an overwhelming presence of secularism, which of course isn’t a problem, but I wish there’d been more representation of religious points of view (any religion). There’s also this recurring anti-hijab sentiment every now and then that I was a bit annoyed at, but I was expecting it a bit. There’s one chapter that I unfortunately rolled my eyes at throughout. Overall this is an incredible book, one I had been looking forward to reading a lot and which didn’t disappoint. It is extremely informative, it will teach you so much about the MENA region, it is nuanced and it is difficult not to be moved by the different accounts. I was so humbled and impressed by these women’s courage and willingness to report such authentic stories. I highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    can't think of a more indispensable book for 2019

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    thoughts coming shortly

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claritybear

    It took me a few more months than I would have thought to finish this. These journalists’ incredibly powerful essays deserve to be taken slowly and given thought and respect. The writing of each woman is vivid and real but each in their own styles and reflective of their own experiences. As a whole there are many themes that tie together-the issues of gender in the profession and in their countries, the dedication and focus to their work, their understanding of how crucial that work was and is-t It took me a few more months than I would have thought to finish this. These journalists’ incredibly powerful essays deserve to be taken slowly and given thought and respect. The writing of each woman is vivid and real but each in their own styles and reflective of their own experiences. As a whole there are many themes that tie together-the issues of gender in the profession and in their countries, the dedication and focus to their work, their understanding of how crucial that work was and is-those echo through each essay. But there are differences between them all as well as each writer shares parts of her life-her family, her friends, her losses, and her excitement at what she did-those are all distinctly their own. This is an important collection to read, especially in this time of attacks on journalists, the press, the art of journalism itself-both internationally and in my own country-attacks that come from some of the most powerful people in the world.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Mcdougall

    I feel that my review could never do these 19 intriguing, important and gorgeous essays justice! There is so much depth and each essay alone is an enlightening and refreshing piece that is educational because of the honesty and rawness of the writing. Every one of these women are so inspiring. Thank you to the Reading Women for introducing me to this collection. I will be gifting and recommending this book to everyone!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A searingly honest and important collection of accounts and experiences from female Arab reporters. This is a book that requires the reader take time to process and absorb. Each reporter gives a powerful, direct account that does not attempt to paint a rosy-picture where there isn't one. This is not to say that there is no hope depicted in these chapters; many of the writers do leave room for hope and optimism for the future, but they also do not shy away from the harsh realities of current even A searingly honest and important collection of accounts and experiences from female Arab reporters. This is a book that requires the reader take time to process and absorb. Each reporter gives a powerful, direct account that does not attempt to paint a rosy-picture where there isn't one. This is not to say that there is no hope depicted in these chapters; many of the writers do leave room for hope and optimism for the future, but they also do not shy away from the harsh realities of current events and how they are feeling in light of those: "I turned thirty-seven in January. But the last birthday I remember was my thirty-first. I cannot account for the last six years of my life. I have forced myself into an exile and an isolation that is now so strong I cannot seem to break free" (27). I believe that everyone should read this book in order to obtain a fuller understanding of these regions and cultures and the effect had on the people living there.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    These essays are brtually honest, and not for the faint for heart. Kudos to the women who wrote from their heart, minds. and souls—showing how strength and vulnerability are really a mobius strip of humanity.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Absolutely fantastic! Everyone should read this book. I left feeling like these women let me into their lives, which gave me a very different perspective on the Arab world.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    EVERYONE should read this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather VanWaldick

    This is an excellent read. These women all have unique perspectives on the Middle East, thanks to their nationalities, their religious backgrounds, their upbringing, and, perhaps most importantly, their gender. They're often restricted by their sex when travelling and reporting, but being female has also given them access to people and stories that male reporters could never get. I've spent years dealing with the Middle East in a professional capacity, but I'm always amazed by how muc This is an excellent read. These women all have unique perspectives on the Middle East, thanks to their nationalities, their religious backgrounds, their upbringing, and, perhaps most importantly, their gender. They're often restricted by their sex when travelling and reporting, but being female has also given them access to people and stories that male reporters could never get. I've spent years dealing with the Middle East in a professional capacity, but I'm always amazed by how much I miss from one day to the next until I read stories and reporting like this. There is so much happening on the ground that we'd never see if it weren't for ballsy journalists who walk right into some of the most dangerous places on Earth, and I admire the hell out of them. That there are women who have the courage to go to places like ISIS-occupied Raqqah, where a misplaced look or a hijab out of place could get you killed, is, in my humble opinion, nothing short of heroic. For anyone interested in female perspectives on the area, or just more intimate reporting on conflict zones in places like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya, I highly recommend this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    A moving, powerful and astonishing collection. Truly a must-read. I learned so much about the complexities of the Arab world and its sociopolitical histories as told through the experiences of women. This will be a collection to which I return again and again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hill

    This is a hard book to read, but will open your eyes to whole worlds that exist just across the ocean. These 19 female journalists write about the stories they cover across the countries in the Middle East. From Syria to Iraq to Lebanon to Yemen (and more), they describe the world behind the political and military statistics — the civilian individuals (often women and children) trying to survive in a world gone crazy. From years without power, to the random and constant acts of violence, to the This is a hard book to read, but will open your eyes to whole worlds that exist just across the ocean. These 19 female journalists write about the stories they cover across the countries in the Middle East. From Syria to Iraq to Lebanon to Yemen (and more), they describe the world behind the political and military statistics — the civilian individuals (often women and children) trying to survive in a world gone crazy. From years without power, to the random and constant acts of violence, to the impact of a single car bomb on the rest of the community, these women bring to life a whole realm of existence that is hard for a Westerner to imagine. In many cases, we are reminded of how “normal” life was in the very recent past. It’s a harsh reminder that yes, no place or system or way of life is immune to the possibilities of sudden and violent destruction. The essays are very personal, in many cases exposing the difficulties of being a female journalist, the impact on her life, the hopelessness of covering what feels like endless stupidity and ritualized anger. Some are heartfelt but rambling, others provide clear, coherent overviews and analyses of the situations, many expose details that enable the reader to understand a little more about how things evolved, and almost all stimulate a compassion that unfortunately have no real place to go. Definitely worth reading, though give yourself time and take some breaks to keep from sinking into a useless despair. Thank you to Penguin Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on August 6, 2019.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    A collection of essays by Arab women journalists from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, this book gives such an unique perspective into each of these countries and the life of a journalist. It also made motivated to subscribe to the NYT to support the journalists who put their lives on the line so that we can learn the truth of our world. Wonderful, inspiring, harrowing read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Harmelin

    “A sahafiya is twice burdened.” Zahra Hankir’s introduction to this staggering book sets the tone for the 19 essays within. Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World, gives insight into the personal and professional lives of journalists who have documented revolutions, political upheaval, wars and occupations around the Middle East over their precarious careers. Their attention to nuance, access to women-only spaces and conversations, deft reportage and courage “A sahafiya is twice burdened.” Zahra Hankir’s introduction to this staggering book sets the tone for the 19 essays within. Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World, gives insight into the personal and professional lives of journalists who have documented revolutions, political upheaval, wars and occupations around the Middle East over their precarious careers. Their attention to nuance, access to women-only spaces and conversations, deft reportage and courage in the face of unrelenting catastrophe and death make this an unmissable collection. But sahafiyat, regularly defying social, political and familial conventions in pursuit of the truth and navigating the restrictions placed on them for being women, are often subject to the dangers both of being women in the Middle East, and of being female reporters in the Middle East. Despite the risks, frustrations and impediments, sahafiyat still report on and photograph critical moments in our global history. Their knowledge, insight and exceptional writing make for illuminating and inspiring reading. These 19 Arab women have been some of the most important shapers of international conversations about Middle Eastern conflicts in the last 30 years, because they’re the ones actually there, on the ground, filing the stories. Their essays amount to them telling you, in their own voices, what that’s been like. The best book I’ve read this year is Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World. Five stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Devo

    Poignant, heart rending, thoughtfully-edited and eye-opening collection of essays. I consider myself fairly well-informed about the Middle East and its recent history but reading through these women’s perspectives was illuminating. Goes to show how much is lost when news is solely filtered through the lens of western male reporters. Important testament to the courage of these women and the crucial role of journalism.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I had read Lynsey Addario’s Its What’s I Do and then followed up with this book. It was surprising to me in the many ways that the stories still surprised me. Oddly enough I would recommend this as the print edition rather than the audiobook to allow the essays to be savored.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    This is an excellent and impressive collection of essays by contemporary Arab female journalists who have covered events in the Middle East and North Africa over the past several years. Many of these women were raised in conservative Muslim families. They defied family traditions and local culture to risk their lives in covering the front lines of war. They experienced danger and personal violence, along with general opprobrium by their countrymen. These essays make clear the contributions and s This is an excellent and impressive collection of essays by contemporary Arab female journalists who have covered events in the Middle East and North Africa over the past several years. Many of these women were raised in conservative Muslim families. They defied family traditions and local culture to risk their lives in covering the front lines of war. They experienced danger and personal violence, along with general opprobrium by their countrymen. These essays make clear the contributions and sacrifices that were made by these brave journalists, photojournalists, and on site reporters. They brought a more complete picture of the Arab spring uprisings, Iraq War, Syrian holocaust and other conflicts by having access and sensitivity to the impact on women and families. You cannot help but have great admiration for these 19 courageous individuals who overcame particularly difficult challenges to get the photo or the story. Their stories and reporting help clarify the confusing events in the Arab world since 9-11 by providing a female perspective. I thought this collection and these women were terrific.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shamima

    A lovely and necessary read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mairead

    Interesting, heartbreaking

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susie Dumond

    This essay collection focuses on the joys and the challenges of reporting on the Arab world as a woman. The diversity of perspectives is really powerful - writers, photographers, homeland, age, experience, etc. - and it highlights just how complex reporting on the Arab world is, even if Western media tells us otherwise. Some of the stories are uplifting and some are heartbreaking, and all of them are incredibly gripping. This collection definitely changed my perspective on journalism and the Ara This essay collection focuses on the joys and the challenges of reporting on the Arab world as a woman. The diversity of perspectives is really powerful - writers, photographers, homeland, age, experience, etc. - and it highlights just how complex reporting on the Arab world is, even if Western media tells us otherwise. Some of the stories are uplifting and some are heartbreaking, and all of them are incredibly gripping. This collection definitely changed my perspective on journalism and the Arab world. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eric Dowdle

    Absolutely fantastic. Incredible essays written by incredible women that opened my eyes and shattered my assumptions. Essential reading!

  28. 5 out of 5

    J Thayre

    Our Women on the Ground: Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World is a collection of 19 essays written by 19 Arab and Middle Eastern sahafiyat – female journalists. With an introduction by the editor, Zahra Hankir, and a foreword by Christiane Amanpour, these 19 sahafiyat reflect on their formidable careers reporting from changing homelands. Read more of this review here: https://aroundtheworldonefemalenoveli...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura Wengloski

    One of the best books of 2019. The 19 vignettes by Arab and Middle Eastern “sahafiyat” enlighten, inform, and prove just how brave these amazing women are in their career paths on the ground. 5 stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Iqra M.

    I decided to challenge myself to read as many factual books as possible this month as part of #NonFictionNovember . I have quite the selection of books (memoirs, autobiographies, anthologies...you name it!) so I didn't know where to start. Our Women On The Ground was my first pick and it did not disappoint. I think I started this challenge on the right foot. Yay me! This anthology was beautifully written and curated. This book highlights the coverages of events in the Middle East by I decided to challenge myself to read as many factual books as possible this month as part of #NonFictionNovember . I have quite the selection of books (memoirs, autobiographies, anthologies...you name it!) so I didn't know where to start. Our Women On The Ground was my first pick and it did not disappoint. I think I started this challenge on the right foot. Yay me! This anthology was beautifully written and curated. This book highlights the coverages of events in the Middle East by female Middle Eastern reporters. After finishing the book, I felt very privileged to be a Muslim woman in a female-friendly country. I am grateful that we can practice our faiths and go out of the house in peace without being punished or harassed for not 'covering up properly' or 'hanging out with the opposite sex' and so much more!!! I can't even begin to imagine the lives of these unfortunate souls living in the war zones. The thought of women being oppressed and harassed in streets, children not being able to go to school and the number of lives that are lost deeply hurt me. These stories wouldn't reach us if not for the reporters, who puts their safety at risk just so that the unheard voices will be heard throughout the world. You're probably thinking, 'who in their right mind would go to a place like this and risk their lives?.' Exactly. Reporters.. Nay! Women reporters should be put on pedestals for their resilience, bravery and candour. My two favourites out of the book are Just Stop by Eman Helal and Between The Explosions by Asmaa al-Ghoul. Well done, ladies! Although this was a difficult read, it was incredibly eye-opening. Much recommended to those wanting to learn more about the accounts of events in the Middle East from the perspective of Middle-Eastern Women reporters. Kudos to all of the contributors and the editor!

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