15.5 C
Munich
Monday, July 26, 2021

A conflict journalist on the unique challenges of reporting on COVID in Holmfirth, England

Must read

Maggie MacNeil wins Canada’s first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in 100m butterfly

The silver medal went to China's Zhang Yufei and the bronze to Australia's Emma McKeon. 

Alberta family cheers as Olympian who recovered from childhood brain injury heads to rowing finals

Support is rolling in for a 32-year-old Alberta rower who advanced to the Olympic finals this weekend and overcame serious injuries that included two...

Norway secures gold in men’s Olympic triathlon – National

By Mitch Phillips Reuters Posted July 25, 2021 7:56 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+

Will Wintercross:

Just as Dr. Savanth said this was a new situation for him, it was for me as well. Ordinarily, I report the stories of people in far-flung places.

But, here, I wasn’t just reporting from my home country, but my hometown, where there are no front lines, yet front lines are everywhere, and the enemy is invisible.

In my work, there is a real risk of death or injury. However, being at home, I could have been the agent transmitting the virus to my own parents, with whom I was staying for seven weeks. This in some ways forced me to be more careful than I have been in Syria or the Congo.

I was also acutely aware that, unlike every other story, I couldn’t simply get on a plane and leave it all behind. And it allowed me to empathize with those I had interviewed elsewhere in the world like never before.

Keely Edge, a schoolteacher in my village, talked of her worries for herself and her two young daughters.

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Maggie MacNeil wins Canada’s first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in 100m butterfly

The silver medal went to China's Zhang Yufei and the bronze to Australia's Emma McKeon. 

Alberta family cheers as Olympian who recovered from childhood brain injury heads to rowing finals

Support is rolling in for a 32-year-old Alberta rower who advanced to the Olympic finals this weekend and overcame serious injuries that included two...

Norway secures gold in men’s Olympic triathlon – National

By Mitch Phillips Reuters Posted July 25, 2021 7:56 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+