Ourmala is honoured to announce that Lindsey Hilsum is our first patron. Lindsey is an eminent English television journalist and writer. She is Channel 4 News International Editor, author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution, an account of the fall of Colonel Gaddafi, and a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, New Statesman and Granta.
“There’s no doubt that refugee women could benefit from the kind of service that Ourmala is offering.” – Lindsey Hilsum
From her years of reporting from conflict zones, Lindsey has first-hand experience of some of the horrors that can force people to become refugees and flee for their lives. She says that “There’s no doubt that refugee women could benefit from the kind of service that Ourmala is offering.” We thank her greatly for her support.
Lindsey’s career has included reporting on the Arab Spring from Egypt and Bahrain, from Belgrade in 1999 when NATO bombed Serbia, from Baghdad during the 2003 US invasion, and her covering of the Fallujah assault in November 2004. Her reports from Africa, the Middle East and Russia have earned her several awards. From 2006-8 she was the Channel 4 News China Correspondent, based in Beijing. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking journalist in Rwanda when the genocide started. Before becoming a journalist, she was an aid worker, first in Latin America and then in Africa.
If you haven’t read Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution, for which Lindsey was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2012), we highly recommend it.