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Foreign Correspondents: Stories from the Front Line

Event 46 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“The foreign correspondent is frequently the only means of getting an important story told, or of drawing the world's attention to disasters in the making or being covered up.” – Chinua Achebe

Small wars permitting, this is a unique opportunity to hear directly from two people who carry a heavy responsibility – reporting with both accuracy and respect from the centre of wars and disasters.

Actively covering the most volatile areas of the world, our panellists have experienced first-hand the extreme dangers and moral depravity of conflict. Prepare for unexpected insights and deeply powerful stories.

Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent who since 2001 has been heavily involved in covering the ‘war on terror,’ even after barely escaping a terrorist shooting in Saudi Arabia.

Christina Lamb has spent 28 years covering the drawn-out conflict in Afghanistan and her tenacious reporting from Zimbabwe led to her being declared an enemy of the state by Robert Mugabe’s regime.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Foreign Correspondents: Stories from the Front Line

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Nujeen’s Incredible Journey

Event 50 Saturday 4 March, 5pm-6pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

'You should fight to get what you want in this world.'' – Nujeen Mustafa

When Nujeen Mustafa’s hometown was caught up in the vicious Syrian civil war, she was forced to flee to Europe. Despite being confined to a wheelchair by cerebral palsy, she endured a gruelling 16-month odyssey with her sister by foot, bus and boat. Nujeen held onto her now-famous optimism and uses her self-taught English to speak up for refugees.

Her story is told in Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair, co-authored by Christina Lamb, who joins Nujeen on stage for this moving discussion.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Nujeen’s Incredible Journey

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Student Session: Nujeen Mustafa & Christina Lamb

Event 701 Sunday 5 March, 9am-10am Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Christina Lamb is a renowned and multi-award-winning journalist for the Sunday Times. During her career she has reported from across the world, from Peshawar and Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg, Aleppo and Afghanistan. She is also the author of the best-selling books The Africa House, Waiting for Allah, The Sewing Circles of Herat, Small Wars Permitting and I Am Malala, co-authored with Malala Yousafzai. Her latest book, Nujeen, is co-written with the extraordinary young refugee Nujeen Mustafa.

In sharing both her own remarkable experiences and the lessons learned from Nujeen’s incredible journey in a wheelchair from war-torn Syria to Europe, Christina offers a motivating and insightful session that will prove inspirational to young people.

Language:  English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 12+

Student Session: Nujeen Mustafa & Christina Lamb

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The War for Truth

Event 143 Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“When I began to talk about Afghanistan, I watched eyes glaze and felt as if I was trying to have a conversation about a movie no one else had seen.” – Christina Lamb

How do you get the truth out when no-one wants you to speak up and, often, no-one seems to want to listen? Yasmina Khadra and Christina Lamb have both faced this question in their writing about Afghanistan.

Yasmina Khadra is the pen-name of Mohammed Moulessehoul, an Algerian author and former soldier whose novel The Swallows of Kabul met with international acclaim.

Christina Lamb reported from Afghanistan for 13 years and found herself covering a long war that British and American authorities went between spinning as a success and outright forgetting. She tells the story of her time there in Farewell Kabul.

Language: English, French

The War for Truth

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