Monday, April 9, 2012

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky

When Jennifer Steil took on the challenge of editing the Yemen Observer for a year, she was prepared for an adventure.

But what the American journalist had not bargained for was falling in love with the country and eventually leaving with a fiancé and baby in tow.

"It was a wonderful place to live and ended up being the most exciting and rewarding year of my life," she recalls on a visit to Abu Dhabi, where she was invited to speak at last week's book fair.

The 43-year-old, who wrote about her experiences in the book The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, was first enticed to the Arab country by a former boyfriend. Then living in Yemen, he invited her to teach a three-week training course at the daily newspaper to journalists who had no notion of how to investigate and report stories.

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