Christina Lamb has been reporting on Afghanistan for over two decades. Shortly after graduating from Oxford she travelled with the Mujaheddin fighting the Soviet occupation, spending the next two years living in Peshawar. Reporting from all over the world, Christina is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents. Currently Foreign Affairs Correspondent for The Sunday Times, she has won four British Press Awards, three What the Papers Say Awards and two Foreign Press Association Awards.
She has covered wars from Iraq to Siachen Glacier, interviewed dictators such as General Pinochet and heroes such as Nelson Mandela; accompanied Princess Diana to war-torn Angola, been named an enemy of the state by Robert Mugabe and lived on a fattening farm in southern Nigeria. In 2006 she narrowly escaped with her life from a Taliban ambush of British troops in Helmand and in 2007 she was on Benazir Bhutto’s bus when it was bombed.
Her books include the best-selling The Africa House; House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-torn Zimbabwe; Waiting For Allah – Pakistan’s struggle of democracy; The Sewing Circles of Herat, My Afghan Years and Small Wars Permitting: Dispatches from Foreign Lands.
Christina is married to a Portuguese football writer who she met when they were both Nieman Fellows at Harvard. They live in Washington with their son. Return to Patrons (UK) page.