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Francesca Borri

Corrispondente di guerra

Non amo la definizione di giornalista di guerra, anche se scrivo soprattutto di Siria, in questi mesi, vivo in Medio Oriente, e in quello che scrivo, in genere, qualcosa esplode, qualcuno muore. Ma le guerre, alla fine, non sono solo quelle con i missili e i carrarmati – quelle sono solo le guerre più facili da vedere. L’unica cosa che mi guida, in realtà, è la curiosità. E l’unica cosa che le mie storie hanno in comune, è che sono storie a km zero. Storie, cioè, non raccontate con un copia&incolla da internet, con telefonate, voci, pezzi di facebook, pezzi di altri, ma toccate con mano, fango alle caviglie: storie raccontate dalle vene del mondo. Perché il mondo sembra in bianco e nero, amici e nemici, torto e ragione, solo a guardarlo a distanza. Da vicino, tutto è molto più complesso, più sfumato, i ruoli spesso si ribaltano – e i confini si sgranano: perché quando entri in una sperduta casa africana, e ti parlano in perfetto francese, non puoi non capire quanta parte di noi c’è in questo mondo che crediamo lontano. Che crediamo estraneo.
E spesso non è la nostra parte migliore.
E non sei più tu, allora, all’improvviso, quello che fa le domande. A volte, a guardare da vicino, tu sei quello chiamato a rispondere.

Francesca Borri, 1980, studi in relazioni internazionali, dopo una prima esperienza nei Balcani ha lavorato in Medio Oriente, e in particolare in Israele e Palestina, come specialista di diritti umani. Nel 2012 ha deciso di raccontare la guerra di Siria come reporter freelance. Da allora, i suoi articoli sono stati tradotti in 15 lingue.

Il suo libro più recente, La guerra dentro, attualmente disponibile in Italia e Norvegia, uscirà in Gran Bretagna la prossima primavera.

I feel uneasy with the definition of war journalist, even if I have been writing mostly about Syria, in the last months, I live in the Middle East, and in what I write usually something explodes, someone dies. But wars, in the end, are not just the ones fought with jets and tanks – those are simply the easiest to notice. The only thing I am moved by, actually, is curiosity. And the only thing that my pieces share, is that they are zero-mile stories. I mean, stories told not through a copy&paste from the web, through phone interviews, rumors, Facebook stuff, others’ stuff, but experienced at first hand, your ankles deep in mud: stories told from the veins of the world. Since the world looks black and white, friends and enemies, right and wrong, only if you watch it from the distance. Close up, everything becomes more complex, more blurred, the roles often reverse – and the borders crumble: because when you enter a remote African house, and you are talked to in perfect French, you can’t miss how much of us resides in this world that we believe to be far away. That we believe to be foreign.
And often isn’t the best of us.
And isn’t you anymore, then, suddenly, the one that asks questions. Sometimes, looking from close up, you are the one called to answer.

Francesca Borri, 1980, a background in International Relations, after a first experience in the Balkans worked in the Middle East, and especially in Israel and Palestine, as human rights officer. In 2012 she decided to cover the war in Syria as a freelance reporter. Since then, her articles have been translated into 15 languages.

Her last book, La guerra dentro, currently available in Italy and Norway, will be out in English next spring.

Articoli di Francesca Borri

Archivio - 12 Novembre 2018

Philippines, migrants leave legally thanks to a visa. And everybody wins

[Italian version] We can be told anything. But migrants don’t land on our coasts because of smuggling networks. Nor because of NGOs, with their rescue ships. They arrive this way because we don’t issue any visa. As we do with Filipinos, instead. They are called overseas here. Workers abroad. And they are 10,2 million, 10% […]
Archivio - 25 Luglio 2018

We are us, the Italians, the migrants to speak of

[Italian version] “Of course, I voted for the right-wing! I am not racist. But this is an invasion. An invasion! I don’t know how we will survive,” I am told by a regular in the cafè on the square. Where, every time I am back home, I am asked to write about this, that and […]
Archivio - 18 Maggio 2018

Being twenty at Gaza and taking Tramandol, a painkiller for dogs

[Italian version] Gaza has been under siege for more than ten years, now. There isn’t even water anymore. There is only salt water. Only sea water. You feel sticky all the day, in Gaza. All the days, for years. And every now and again, an F-16 comes and bombs. Every now and again, suddenly, you die. […]
Archivio - 6 Maggio 2018

Ahed Tamimi, the video of her interrogation worths more than any opinion

[Italian version] In the end, it is a scene that, like all of you I guess, I have seen countless times. In a movie or in a tv series. An interrogation. With the detainee, a policeman who is nice and a policeman who is rude, instead. Who is tough. The usual trick, isn’t it? Good […]
Archivio - 2 Maggio 2018

South Hebron hills, you are told: ‘To exist is to resist’. But after a while, you realize that that’s just a catch phrase

[Italian version] I don’t remember exactly the place name. Because it wasn’t a town, in the end, or a village: it was simply an open space off the main road, with a few tents, some poorly built concrete walls and goats, chicken, dogs, a bread oven, buckets and barrels and rugs and dust and the […]
Archivio - 13 Febbraio 2018

Palestine: when the national identity is repressed, the religious one becomes invincible

[Italian version] In ten years, it’s been the first time. In the last row of bus 218, the bus that shuttles back and forth between Ramallah and Jerusalem, three teenagers, three students with Nike sneakers and a backpack, started playing a guitar. Right away, a man told them to stop: the radio was broadcasting the […]
Archivio - 5 Febbraio 2018

Ankara, the Kurds are quite atypical here. Especially Syrian Kurds

[Italian version] The Kurds are quite atypical here, no doubt. Especially Syrian Kurds. The Kurds of Rojava. With their effort at a direct, bottom-up government, they are the anarchic streak of a Middle East which is too often authoritarian, instead, and deeply conservative. But there is a trait they share with all others: basically, they […]
Archivio - 15 Gennaio 2018

Tunisia, where a jacuzzi can crack the economy

[Italian version] A hotel in the heart of Hammamet has five stars and a private beach, two swimming pools, outdoor and indoor, a tennis court, a spa, of course, and the hammam and the gym, it has a restaurant, a café, a bar with billiards and whisky and darts, a park, and in the park, […]
Archivio - 5 Ottobre 2017

Malé, the hidden paradise of the jihad

[Italian version] Who would ever think that the Maldives are a Muslim country? And instead, they are also the non-Arab country with the highest number per capita of foreign fighters. We all have a friend, a cousin who has been in the Maldives; here everyone has a friend, a cousin who has been in Syria. […]
Archivio - 5 Settembre 2017

Iraq, the war by night

[Italian version] Editors say that these pictures didn’t hit the headlines because they are normal – because in war these things, right?, they happen. And yet, that’s exactly why they should have hit the headlines the world over. Because these things, here, are normal. Ali Arkady, 35 years old, is from Khanakin, north east of […]
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