A few months ago, I was interviewed by a team from the Discovery Channel, filming the documentary Waterfront Cities of the World in Doha. The presenter Heidi Hollinger is a professional photographer, and her pictures are an integral part of the show’s format. She’s just sent me some of the pictures she took of me, which I thought I’d share. The show will be broadcast in June.
On Monday, the deaths of 19 innocent souls changed Qatar forever. The change in atmosphere here is marked, and there is a tremendous amount of anger mixed with an enormous amount of grief.
When tragedies like this happen our instinct is always to want to do something, anything; my profession meant that I was privileged to be asked to contribute to coverage of the fire in the UK’s media.
I acted as the BBC’s reporter in Doha throughout, doing several interviews with the BBC News Channel and BBC World TV, and an interview with Radio 5 Live. I also wrote a short analysis box for the story on the BBC’s website. Click here to read the article – one of the interviews I did with the BBC News Channel is the media at the top of the story.
Additionally, the Telegraph asked me to write a piece the day after the disaster, explaining how Qatar’s community is feeling. Click here to read it.
The picture above is one I took at the vigil in Aspire Park the day after the tragedy. The cross section of the community attending was remarkable, and a real testament to the unity we are all feeling. As I wrote in the Telegraph – we are truly united by our anger, and by our grief.