Ambushed

Ambushed

A War Reporter's Life on the Line

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Ian Stewart has reported from some of the most dangerous places on earth, but none more dangerous than Sierra Leone. When he was named West Africa bureau chief by the Associated Press, Stewart accepted his new assignment with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. He was one of the AP's youngest bureau chiefs, and over the next year he reported from the front lines of the war-ravaged countries of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, and Sierra Leone and coordinated news coverage of some twenty-three others.

AMBUSHED is a fascinating, in-depth look at the extraordinary day-to-day life of a war correspondent. Stewart presents a compelling portrait of the often surreal world that journalists inhabit as they bear witness to violence and give voice to the unspeakable. Appalled by the level of cruelty he witnessed, Stewart was shocked by the indifference of the outside world. Though his stories were sometimes buried deep inside the daily papers, or published not at all, he kept reporting the truth. When armed rebels entered Sierra Leone's besieged capital of Freetown, Stewart and two of his colleagues were ambushed while driving down the street on assignment. One of his colleagues was killed instantly, and Stewart, shot in the head, had a twenty-percent chance of surviving. Astonishingly, he did. With frankness and courage, Stewart tells the story of his extraordinary recovery and the tremendous risks he and other journalists take to give us the news.



Baker & Taylor
In a day-to-day account of life as a war correspondent, a journalist shares his harrowing tale of being ambushed by rebels in Sierra Leone while on assignment in Africa, an ambush in which the author was critically wounded and that took the life of one of his colleagues.

Blackwell North Amer
Ian Stewart has reported from some of the most dangerous places on earth, but none was more dangerous than West Africa's Sierra Leone. When armed rebels entered its besieged capital in 1999, Stewart and two of his Associated Press colleagues were ambushed while driving down the street on assignment. One of them was killed instantly, and Stewart was shot in the head. He had a 20 percent chance of surviving. Miraculously, he did. With frankness, Stewart tells the story of his own remarkable recovery as well as the extraordinary risks he and other journalists take to report the news from remote war-ravaged countries.
Ambushed is a glimpse inside the often surreal world journalists inhabit as they bear witness to violence and give voice to the unspeakable. From a dusty parking lot in Sierra Leone, he struggles to find words for his report on a young girl kidnapped by rebels who chopped off her hands when she refused to tell them her family's whereabouts. In a dark hotel room in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he interviews senior commanders who orchestrated the massacre of some two thousand ethnic Hutu refugees. Though his stories are sometimes buried deep inside the daily papaers, or not published at all, Stewart keeps reporting. What finally stops him is a bullet. With the same determination and courage that served him well as a journalist, he overcomes a brain injury that could have been debilitating.

Baker
& Taylor

In a day-to-day account of life as a war correspondent, a journalist recounts being ambushed by rebels while on assignment in Africa, an ambush that left him critically wounded and one of his colleagues dead.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565123809
1565123808
Branch Call Number: B STE
Characteristics: xx, 310 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Stewart, Ian 1966- Freetown Ambush

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