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Ameera Ahmad Harouda  

Gaza's first female news fixer

Ameera Ahmad leads journalists to the harrowing (and often hidden) stories of the Gaza Strip that they couldn’t find on their own.

In the Gaza Strip, foreign correspondents rely on state-approved “fixers” to direct and guide them on the ground. Although Hamas requires journalists to use fixers as local “sponsors,” the fixers also provide ease of movement, translation, and an eye for where the real stories are -- making them an invaluable asset in frequently chaotic scenarios.

Ameera Ahmad has been a fixer for over a decade. Although many fixers are male, journalists increasingly seek women like Ahmad for their access to areas where men are forbidden, and for a new lens on stories of human suffering often overlooked in the headlines.


Gaza's Female Fixers

Behind most of the news reports filed by a foreign correspondent from the Gaza Strip is a fixer: sometimes a local journalist, or simply someone with a good command of the English language, extensive contacts and knowledge.

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