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Quiz journalist Rosie Garthwaite

June 2nd, 2011
04:21 PM ET

Rosie Garthwaite was just twenty-two years old when she arrived in post-invasion Iraq to start work on an English-language newspaper.

Like many reporters covering the conflict, she witnessed some horrific scenes.

Unlike most of her colleagues, however, she had never taken the “hostile environment” course that prepares journalists to enter a war zone.

During a seven-month stay in Basra, Garthwaite says she learnt how avoid bombs, escape a mob and handle the sight of people being shot in front of her - just some of the lessons that she’s now put into a new book: “How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone”.

What practical tips does she have for anyone travelling to a potentially dangerous region? What difficulties did she face as a woman in a war zone? How common are stories like those of CBS News’ Lara Logan?

Post your questions for Rosie Garhwaite below.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Balazs Erdei

    Rosie,
    Thank you for agreeing to answer questions from readers of CNN online.
    I am curious to know how the otherwise god fearing and respectful Arab crowds turned inside out in the case of Ms. Logan from CBS News. In connection, I would like to ask whether you had any uncomfortabilities, threats to your persona or near misses – after all you are a very attractive Westerner with an outstanding physique in a place like Basra.
    Thank you,
    Balazs

    June 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  2. JJ in Basra

    Hi Rosie. What's it to be, love? Gunports or no on the armored Landcruiser?

    June 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  3. Mert Salur

    The article says that you learned how to handle "the sight of people being shot in front of [you]." Apart from handling this does one ever get used to absorbing this horrific yet continuously occurring event? Or is every single incident just as horrific and shocking?

    June 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  4. George Chungath

    Do you think Iraq war start by George Bush was a needy one or tax payers money wasted and many human died and disabled. For what He has ordered for attack to Iraq ?

    June 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  5. Peter

    Thank you my dear sister

    June 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  6. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Rosie Garthwaite and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Rosie Garthwaite on the following questions:

    – How can we prevent a War Zone?

    – How will you Improve Iraq and its Allies?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011 and beyond?

    I am awaiting Rosie Garthwaite’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    June 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  7. glenn

    you are a absolute goddess rosie
    amazing eyes, stunning smile
    incredibly sexy accent
    and sooooooo great to see a confident women
    keep safe u goddess
    :o)

    June 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Reply

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