Chienne De Guerre

Chienne De Guerre

A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Details the author's experiences and travels as she disguised herself as a Chechen peasant to get into the region Russian had closed to journalists.

Perseus Publishing
When a spunky young reporter smuggles herself into Chechnya, her undercover reports spark anti-war protests in France and change her own life forever

Two years ago, when she was thirty years old, Anne Nivat decided to see first-hand what war was all about. Russia had just launched its second brutal campaign against Chechnya. And though the Russians strictly forbade Westerners from covering the war, the aspiring French journalist decided she would go.

There are two very real dangers in Chechnya: being arrested by the Russians and being kidnapped by the Chechens. Nivat strapped her satellite phone to her belly, disguised herself in the garb of a Chechen peasant, and sneaked across the border. She found a young guide, Islam, to lead her illegally through the war zone. For six months they followed the war, travelling with underground rebels and sleeping with Chechen families or in abandoned buildings. Anne trembled through air raids; walked through abandoned killing fields; and helped in the halls of bloody hospitals. She interviewed rebel leaders, government officials, young widows, and angry fighters, and she reported everything back to France. Her reports in Libération led to antiwar demonstrations outside the Russian embassy in Paris.

Anne's words move. They are not florid, but terse, cool, dramatic. More than just a war correspondent's report, Chienne de Guerre is a moving story of struggle and self-discovery—the adventures of one young woman who repeatedly tests her own physical and psychological limits in the extremely dangerous and stressful environment of war.


Book News
Nivat disguised herself as a Chechen peasant to get into the region Russia had closed to journalists. She remained in Chechnya for six months and reported what she saw to her newspaper LibTration in Paris. This volume tells the story of the war too, but the focus is on Nivat's personal experience, her travels, the people who helped her, the risks involved, the profound suffering she witnessed, and her admiration and sympathy for the Chechen people. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Two years ago, when she was thirty years old, Anne Nivat decided to see first-hand what war was all about. Russia had just launched its second brutal campaign against Chechnya. And though the Russians strictly forbade Western journalists from covering the war by themselves, the young French journalist decided she would go alone.
More than just a war correspondent's report, Chienne de Guerre is a story of struggle and self-discovery - the adventures of one young woman who repeatedly tests her own physical and psychological limits in the extremely dangerous and stressful environment of war.

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586480448
1586480448
Characteristics: x, 260 p. : maps ; 22 cm

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