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


This year’s Martha Gellhorn Prize has been won by Iona Craig. A freelance journalist reporting from Yemen, Iona Craig receives the prize in 2014 for her courageous, insightful and humane reporting from Yemen — journalism exemplifying that of Martha Gellhorn herself. Often alone, and risking her life, Iona has for almost four years given voice to the ordinary people of Yemen, especially the families of the victims of America’s ‘war on terror’. Her eyewitness investigation of a drone attack on a travelling wedding party, in which 12 people were killed, is truly a ‘view from the ground’ and rare evidence of the ‘unpalatable truth’ that Barack Obama’s worldwide ‘war by drone’ is killing the innocent. Her achievement is set against a record number of entries for the Prize, including remarkable journalism from across the English-speaking world.

The Martha Gellhorn Prize is given in honour of one of the 20th century’s greatest reporters. It is awarded to a journalist whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth, validated by powerful facts that expose establishment propaganda, or ‘official drivel’, as Martha Gellhorn called it.

And a little bit of background on how  that happened.