3/18 UPDATE: The Times journalists were captured by loyalists forces and Libya says they will release them unharmed. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour, Qadaffi’s son confirmed and made reference to Lynsey Addario, suggesting that because she is American, and not European, she will be freed unharmed…
Really scary news this week, the New York Times just confirmed that four of its journalists are missing in Libya since earlier this week. Among the group is Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario, also the only woman in the group. Last week she reported from Libya, saying it was the most dangerous thing she’d ever covered.
Addario is known for her intense and gut-wrenching photos, which she’s taken in some of the most dangerous and war torn parts of the world — from Darfur to Afghanistan.
We’ve covered Addario’s work here on GAB before — in particular, she has produced gorgeous and heartbreaking footage of the lives and struggles of women in Afghanistan. Addario is herself a strong women’s advocate and in 2010, lent the use of her photos to the Women Deliver conference, which showcased the many ways in which women “deliver” around the world.
I had the pleasure of e-mailing with Addario around the conference, and even while she was on assignment in Afghanistan, she responded with warm and enthusiastic messages. Most recently, she was named to the Women Deliver 100 list.
Please send your thoughts to Lynsey and the other missing journalists and let’s hope for good news soon.