Insight with Hala Jaber: the human face of war

Talk Tuesday 19th May, 2009

Hala Jaber has won plaudits for her courageous reporting from around the world, particularly in Iraq, where she was one of the last correspondents to leave Falluja when it came under heavy bombardment by US forces.

Named foreign correspondent of the year for the second year running in 2006, British-Lebanese Hala Jaber has shown continued commitment to reporting from Iraq, co-winning the Martha Gellhorn Prize for her coverage in 2007.

It was during one of her many visits that the Sunday Times journalist met Zahra, aged 3, and Hawra, just a few months old, who were the only survivors of a missile strike in Baghdad in 2003 that killed their parents and five siblings.

In conversation with Kirsty Lang, of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Hala Jaber will be talking about her experiences reporting war and her struggle to save the two girls – the story she tells in her new book The Flying Carpet to Baghdad.