Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya

Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya

Anne Nivat

Two years in the past, whilst she used to be thirty years outdated, Anne Nivat determined to determine first-hand what struggle used to be all approximately. Russia had simply introduced its moment brutal crusade opposed to Chechnya. And even though the Russians strictly forbade Westerners from protecting the conflict, the aspiring French journalist made up our minds she could go.

There are very actual risks in Chechnya: being arrested via the Russians and being abducted through the Chechens. Nivat strapped her satellite tv for pc mobile to her abdominal, disguised herself within the clothing of a Chechen peasant, and sneaked around the border. She discovered a tender advisor, Islam, to guide her illegally during the warfare region. for 6 months they the conflict, traveling with underground rebels and sound asleep with Chechen households or in deserted constructions. Anne trembled via air raids; walked via deserted killing fields; and helped within the halls of bloody hospitals. She interviewed insurgent leaders, executive officers, younger widows, and indignant combatants, and she or he suggested every thing again to France. Her experiences in Libération ended in antiwar demonstrations outdoors the Russian embassy in Paris.

Anne's phrases circulate. they aren't florid, yet terse, cool, dramatic. greater than only a battle correspondent's file, Chienne de Guerre is a relocating tale of fight and self-discovery—the adventures of 1 younger lady who many times assessments her personal actual and mental limits within the tremendous risky and demanding atmosphere of war.

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