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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Michael Ware: "I Walk With Ghosts"

Former CNNer Michael Ware has written a stunning piece for Newsweek about the deaths of photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, both of whom he knew, and the emotional toll exacted on journalists who cover war:
I last saw Tim in Brooklyn. In what was the worst and darkest of all years for me, 2009, Tim lived a few doors down the hallway in a Williamsburg warehouse converted to a warren of lofts. For me, it was the first time since 9/11 that I’d attempted to live outside of war, and I hit New York like a meteor plunging to earth. Each day, I vanished a little bit more on that black living-room couch until I was transparent, if not invisible altogether. Writhing with a pain I couldn’t understand, I caused nothing but pain to those around me. And yet there was Tim.
The full column is online here: "To Walk With Ghosts"

(Michael has signed on to be a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, so hopefully we will be reading more from him in the future.)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Michael Ware seems to have really been effected by the wars he covered and not for the better.
He still seems to struggle internally and this may haunt him emotionally for the rest of his life.
He always was very focused and seemed rather detacted from what he was reporting on, but he fooled us all.
He certainly fooled me.
Glad he's back in his homeland where he can share his experiences with his son when the child is a bit older.
I hope he recovers from the "ghosts and thoughts of war."
But it will take time.