A war correspondent’s letters view conflict up close
Echoes of Violence:
Letters from a War Reporter
by Carolin Emcke
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Perhaps the most romanticized figure in the world is the male war correspondent. Scruffy, haunted, he walks the wreckage alone in battered—but good—European shoes. He smokes (if he's not American). He has trouble with commitment. Yet his female counterpart cuts a different profile. At his age, she'll seem leathery and lonely. It's better that she doesn't smoke.
According to a recent survey by the International News Safety Institute of women journalists who cover conflict, both freelance and staff writers, more than half were single, separated, or divorced. Some 82 percent had been attacked or intimidated while reporting on conflict, 55.2 percent sexually harassed, and 6.9 percent sexually abused or raped. Still, some said they were actually safer in the Muslim world than their male counterparts. One noted that
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