Laura Kasinof studied Arabic in college and moved to Yemen a few years laterafter a friend at a late-night party in Brooklyn recommended the country as a good place to work as a freelance journalist. When she first moved to Sanaa in 2009, she was the only American reporter based in the country. She quickly fell in love with Yemen’s people and culture, in addition to finding herself the star of a local TV soap opera.
When antigovernment protests broke out in Yemen, part of the revolts sweeping the Arab world at the time, she contacted the New York Times to see if she could cover the rapidly unfolding events for the newspaper. Laura never planned to be a war correspondent, but found herself in the middle of brutal government attacks on peaceful protesters. As foreign reporters were rounded up and shipped out of the country, Laura managed to elude the authorities but found herself increasingly isolatedand even more determined to report on what she saw.
Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets is a fascinating and important debut by a talented young journalist.
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About the Author
Laura Kasinof is a freelance journalist who, at the age of 25, reported from Yemen for the New York Times during the Arab Spring protests of 2011. Laura’s work has also appeared in the Washington Monthly, the Economist and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. Her first book, Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets, chronicles the highs and lows of her year in Yemen. She lives between Colorado and Washington DC.