Ameera Harouda: Why I put myself in danger to tell the stories of Gaza
Ameera Harouda - Fixer
Ameera Harouda leads journalists to the harrowing (and often hidden) stories of the Gaza Strip that they couldn’t find on their own. Full bio
of the walls of Gaza.
to be a pilot, to fly a plane,
to touch the sky.
there is no airport.
prisons in the world.
is just to look up to the sky.
if we have electricity
on the front or on the roof of our homes.
for journalists who come to my homeland
about what's going on in Gaza.
I had to go to the border area
to the journalist,
to cover a story
is my working life.
from building a relationship
and the news crews,
in the Gaza Strip.
their stories to be told,
as stories or numbers.
many relationships over 10 years.
to get access to people,
I feel, as a woman, I have more power.
about drug addiction in my country.
when the Gaza tunnel was being built.
other stuff we needed.
flooded them up with water
of the Palestinian society,
to enter the household.
he gets from the society.
that's growing in here.
I call him every two hours,
of the British journalist Alan Johnston,
with the kidnappers in Gaza, and I did.
in a black van with black windows,
far away in the middle of a field.
with the kidnapper outside in that field.
about Gaza will be missing.
I could tell you about my country.
the terrible situation we live in --
and amazing people full of energy.
and a great music school.
who dance in the rubble of their homes.
in the Arab world
live in strong brotherhood.
is leaving the house early in the morning,
if I will make it back to them.
is difficult and dangerous in Gaza.
or the sound of the bombing,
and we heard the sound of the war,
that they were fireworks.
during war times,
of young children.
her name is Hala.
and be here today with you.
stories, sad and happy,
of the world, Gaza.
the first female fixer working in Gaza.
they call me Mr. Rambo in Gaza.
to tell the stories of all other women,
I know in my country.
I can help other women in my country
I feel I can't do this work anymore,
but challenge your limit.
in front of your dreams."
About the speaker:Ameera Harouda - Fixer
Ameera Harouda leads journalists to the harrowing (and often hidden) stories of the Gaza Strip that they couldn’t find on their own.
Why you should listen
In the Gaza Strip, foreign correspondents rely on state-approved "fixers" to direct and guide them on the ground. Although Hamas requires journalists to use fixers as local "sponsors," the fixers also provide ease of movement, translation and an eye for where the real stories are -- making them an invaluable asset in frequently chaotic scenarios.
Ameera Harouda has been a fixer for over a decade. Although many fixers are male, journalists increasingly seek women like Harouda for their access to areas where men are forbidden, and for a new lens on stories of human suffering often overlooked in the headlines.
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