Janine di Giovanni sits down with Cameron Munter to discuss her latest book The Morning They Came For US: Dispatches From Syria, which explores the personal stories of those affected by the conflict in Syria.
When asked about her experience in journalism and the impact of her work, Giovanni says: "What was important to me was documentation, so that it could be used in future war crime tribunals—that’s what I worked towards in Syria, Bosnia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.”
“If we’re [reporters] working on the ground, we’re really bringing evidence and voices and narratives that need to be told—and it does have an influence on policymakers.”
Giovanni—noted author, foreign correspondent and Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations—began reporting in the late 1980s, covering the First Palestinian Intifada. Since then, she has reported on nearly every violent conflict, from Bosnia and Kosovo to Libya and Syria. Shas contributed to The Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and The Guardian, and has written books and long format documentaries for the BBC.