Saying goodbye to a newspaper's driver in Iraq
January 27, 2010 10:34 AM Subscribe
A farewell to Yasser.
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The Times of London's driver of seven years in Baghdad was killed in a bombing this week. This was his story.
Although their names rarely show up in the media, fixers and drivers do much of the hard work in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are the ones who translate, mediate and explain the facts on the ground to johnny-come-latelies from North America and Europe. Their job can also be deadly. Between 2003 and 2007, 39 fixers were killed in Iraq
and more in Afghanistan, including several brutal tortures
. But in the work of foreign journalism, fixers are vital