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ExclusivE Safety is one of the major challenges she faces by being in the dangerous war zones. Jenan tells AW,“Physical danger is the scariest thing. The bomb actually does not figure out a woman over a man, or a child over an adult. So, whether you’re a young woman doing your job in the field, you’re not being differentiated. Now being a woman adds extra challenges in this highly conservative region. One of the main challenges I faced in being a woman reporter was during my coverage in Egypt where women reporters and activitists were publicly harassed and raped, even. At that time, I tried my best to protect myself.” Recalling further instances when she had to take means beyond what she would usually do, Jenan furthers,“Back in Libya, I stayed one week in a hospital because we thought it was the safest place to hide from bombing.” Indeed, the hospital was not attacked but she had to live with all the screams, cries and sights of blood. “In Syria, while I was waiting for one commander to come join his troops, and get the chance to interview, I stood along with the men. Wearing helmet and vest, he mistook me for being one of his troops, and kissed me. He was so surprised to realise that I was a woman. He left, and the troops laughed after. But deep inside I was so scared, praying he wouldn’t kill me.” But being a woman in the field is not all hazardous. There are good sides to exploring the streets in a feminine body (dressed modestly). Jenan continues, “A woman’s perspective is somehow different from men. We tend to see things differently, and in my stories, those perspectives come through. Also, not everyone can speak to Arab women because of religious reasons. That gives me an edge, I think, plus the fact that I speak the language. Being an Arabic

speaker gives me the better ability to understand what’s happening as I read things perfectly, I hear people’s opinions and I can talk to them easily.” There is competition among fellow journalists on who would get the first scoops. But, Jenan competes to no one but herself. She aims to be her best version, wants to go international like the journalists who inspire her (Liz Ducett of BBC and Christian Amanpour of CNN), and she even recommends being a war reporter as career option. She declares, “I am just in the beginning of my career. I plan to stay here for as long as I can. Getting married and having children won’t stop me since I know several other journalists who are able to continue their passion in journalism yet still able to have family lives.”

journalism is to be a witness to history. The best form of journalism, for Jenan, is to be out there in the field and live to tell story. She won’t stop in investigating and searching for answers if her stories are still developing. She undoubtedly is one to follow. Jenan Moussa’s footsteps are slowly wandering through Middle East’s war areas, but her sturdy and committed stand will surely get her to reach her goals of international recognition. “I look at the pictures of myself in the field and I even ask myself how I did that. I was crazy. When I’m in the field, it gets so overwhelming. I just do it,” she concludes.

Holding a diploma in Radio and Television journalism from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut, she also studied English Literature at the Lebanese university. In 2008,Jenan won Lebanon’s GebranTueni press award. Years after her studies, she became a handled projects and positions in various publications. It would be easier to stay in, and climb the corporate ladder by writing from the desk, but she does not find happiness in that. For her, without question, the most amazing thing in Jenan with Kurdish female fighters (Aleppo, Syria)

Posing next to female policewomen (Aleppo, Syria)

You don’t see a lot of Arabic media that give opportunities to women, so for that Al Aan’s effort is very commendable.”


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