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War has a woman’s face2010-08-12 18:23
They say war is men's business. Anyway it must be - though sometimes it happens otherwise. Among witnesses of the massacre initiated by Mikheil Saakashvili in South Ossetia was Yana Amelina, a special correspondent and For United Ossetia public movement's coordinating secretary. For her desire to tell the whole world the truth about Clean Field operation she was awarded an Iskra special prize of the press as the best war journalist.
When I was thinking over the questions for Yana, it occurred to me: soon a woman at war will be commonplace with everyone rushing to follow the trend of "a combat girlfriend". But not anyone is born for this. It's not fear that a person can have in the middle of hostilities. After talking with some journalists I realized her choice was forced, but eventually right. She did it not to vex but to oppose.
You were awarded an Iskra prize as the best war correspondent. Why did you make this choice?
- I have always done what I care for, so after politics literally died in Russia, I was compelled to switch over to war since journalism for me is always fighting, blood, love, - all the real things, basically.
Why Caucasus? They say one can't help falling in love with Caucasus and its citizens. Is it true? How did your love for Caucasus begin?
- I wouldn't talk about some abstract "love for Caucasus". First of all, Caucasus is diverse and it's impossible to love the whole of it, I think. I love Ossetia, Azerbaijan and Nagorny Karabakh. Secondly, it's not love or hatred but the fact that the region is extremely important for Russia's national security. A political journalist's duty is to monitor the ongoing processes there realizing that they directly affect developments in Moscow, within Garden Ring.
Is the war frightful always or only for the first time, and then one gets used to it?
- I saw only one war so I can't make global conclusions. However, I was surprised that there was fear on the battlefield but not the way it is sensed from the outside. I think it depends on the psychological preparation and I had been writing that the war was inevitable since 2003.
The most dreadful or probably the most disgusting recollection as an eye-witness?