Author, journalist, and photographer Hadani Ditmars has reported from Lebanon, Israel/Palestine and Iraq, often examining the human costs of sectarian strife as well as cultural resistance to war, occupation and embargo. Her work has been published in the NY Times and The Guardian and broadcast on BBC and CBC TV and Radio.
Currently, Hadani is a co-editor at New Internationalist magazine and has just returned from her first trip to Baghdad since the fall of 2003, when she was there to research her book Dancing in the No Fly Zone: a Woman’s Journey Through Iraq.
The book recounts her time as a journalist in Iraq from 1997 until the fall of 2003 and is one of the few that covers pre and post invasion reality while giving voice to a wide variety of Iraqi narratives- from artists to street kids to Sufis and war widows. As Iraq continues to weather violent occupation, theocratic thuggism and civil strife, Dancing in the No-Fly Zone serves as an eerily prescient tribute to a culture and a people at the breaking point. Boyd Tonkin, the literary critic for the Independent said of Dancing, ‘it touches places in the nation’s soul that horror headlines never reach.’