By: Janna Oberdorf, Director of Communications and Outreach for Women Deliver
When we announced our Women Deliver 100 list of the most inspiring people delivering for girls and women, we never imagined that just weeks later one of the honorees would be held captive in Libya. But that’s what happened to Lynsey Addario, a New York Times photojournalist, when she was captured and faced days of brutality in Libya.
Finally, this past Monday, The Libyan government freed Lynsey and three of her fellow New York Times journalists, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya.
This isn’t the first time Lynsey has been brave enough to take her camera to the front lines. She has photographed women across the globe for over a decade, producing haunting and galvanizing images of women’s lives from conflict zones to family homes. Her photography has covered issues ranging from maternal mortality in Sierra Leone to the lives of female soldiers in the US military, from victims of sexual assault in the Congo to the self-immolation of women in Afghanistan. Last year, her images became the face of the Women Deliver 2010 conference, reflecting her uncanny ability to capture the strength and diversity of women who are delivering all over the world for their families, communities, and nations. By turns breathtaking and disturbing, her work puts a face to women’s experiences, making it impossible to look away, ignore, or forget.
Read the full story, written by all four captured journalists, where Lynsey describes her experience and how she feared for her life. At Women Deliver, we can just be thankful that, now, Lynsey has been released and is out of harm’s way. Lysney is truly a woman who delivers. Her images, shown in the video below, are a testament and a celebration of her strength and courage. Please feel free to share your words of encouragement in the comments section below as Lynsey recovers from her ordeal.