How De Body? Hardcover – 1 Aug 2002
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Taken in this context, Teun Voeten's horrifying tale of his experiences in war torn Sierra Leone is that much more admirable. What begins as one freelance photojournalist's search for a "sexy" story on child soldiers quickly becomes the account of his fight for survival after a provisional ceasefire collapses, leaving him stranded in the middle of one of the most dreadful wars in recent memory. Sought by rebel forces wishing to execute him as a spy, Voeten lives for weeks in the bush before making it to safety.
Having narrowly escaped with his life on his first visit, Voeten incredibly returns on three other occasions to document a conflict that went largely ignored in the West, having had the misfortune of coinciding with NATO action in Yugoslavia.
How de Body? is fascinatingly vivid, graphic, often morbid yet somehow consistently witty. Voeten's prose expresses a gallows humor common among the idealistic pessimists that make up the corps of war correspondents.
Like any good feature writer, he constructs the story around those who've lived it.Read more ›