May 23, 2024

Event Coverage Highlight

How I Did It: Salwan Georges

Clockwise from upper left: Salwan Georges, Louisa Loveluck and Olivier Laurent.

Returning Home: My Journey Back to Iraq

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The Washington Post, in collaboration with the Overseas Press Club of America, goes behind the scenes of Salwan Georges’ recent trip to Iraq in a conversation between Georges, a Post staff photographer, and his colleague Louisa Loveluck, the newspaper’s Baghdad bureau chief.

When he was 7 years old, Georges and his family fled Iraq. They found refuge in a Christian Orthodox monastery in Syria before making their way to the United States. Theirs is the quintessential immigrant story: he and his family wanted to pursue the American Dream.

Twenty years after the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Georges returned for the first time to his native land. Georges not only rediscovered his country, confronting his own family’s history – he lost uncles and cousins to the war – he also explored the story of a destabilized country, one that is still dealing with the legacy of the U.S. invasion.

This talk is part of an OPC series, called, ‘How I Did It,’ which convenes freelance journalists and their editors or producers to break down a major feat of reporting. It will be moderated by Olivier Laurent, a senior photo editor at The Washington Post.

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