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From the first edition of Middle East Insider.

Trials and travels for Gellhorn

Many people have asked me which articles I submitted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize so I thought I’d list them with links.

As the judges cited, one of them was a piece on the US drone strike that hit a wedding convoy in Yemen last December.


Dec. 18, 2013. On the road to Rada’a in al-Baydah governorate, central Yemen, to visit the victims and survivors of a US drone strike that killed 12 civilians on December 12, 2013.

The other two pieces I submitted were from a trip last year to Yemen’s eastern province of Hadhramaut.

My travelling companion, friend and fellow journalist for that journey was Shuaib al-Mosawa who recounted in his own words how that reporting trip went, the ‘complications’ we encountered and how it all came to a frustrating end with a small amount of Yemen-style drama.

Since then I’m glad to say Shuaib has been doing lots of great writing for multiple international media outlets, including the New York Times, rather than being dragged into trouble while trying to work with the likes of me.

For those that were asking, here are the links to the three pieces of work I submitted for the Gellhorn Prize:

What really happened when a US drone hit a Yemeni wedding convoy? - AJAM, January 20, 2014

Yemeni politic complicates US Counterterrorism Efforts - AJAM, October 3, 2013

Who is America Killing? - Beacon Reader, September 24, 2013