The story sounds hideously like another—one of a chaotic, predatory attack on a woman journalist in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Clothes torn from her body, hundreds of men surging to grab her breasts and claw at her. A woman wondering, “Maybe this is how I go, how I die.” It has been almost a year and(…)
When word went around that a mob had sexually assaulted CBS correspondent and CPJ board member Lara Logan in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in February 2011, the media jumped on the specifics: Why was the press release about her assault so precise? Why did it say the attack was “brutal” and “sexual”? What people didn’t know(…)
Heidi Levine, who I’ve written about here, was going through her year in photographs (she was in Libya, Egypt, and Gaza on assignment among other places) and decided to write down some of her memories of working in Libya. What she wrote is so stunning and full of the ugliness of war—I wanted to share(…)
Jineth Bedoya Lima hooked her eyes on the middle distance and gave a look of contempt. She was tucked in a seat at a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where she made a surprise statement one morning last week. A small woman bundled in a black winter coat and generous white scarf,(…)
I get a lot of IMs. And lately a number of them come from a Spanish photographer named Ofelia de Pablo—“Hi Lauren” will pop up a few mornings a week. I look forward to these messages since I am just getting to know de Pablo, who I met (virtually) through my research for Women Under(…)
I wrote about a photojournalist named Heidi Levine the other day. I didn’t actually identify her, but I mentioned how a woman working in Libya was asked by a male colleague why she wasn’t home making dinner for her kids. She came across the post, recognized herself, and contacted me.