Christina has been reporting on Afghanistan for almost three 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 Chief Foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times, she has won numerous awards including five times Foreign Correspondent of the Year and the Prix Bayeux, Europe's top award for war reporting.
She has covered wars from Iraq to the 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 interviewed girls abducted and raped by Boko Haram in northern 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.
She has written eight bestselling books including Nujeen; One Girl's Incredible Journey from Syria in a Wheelchair; Farewell Kabul; From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World; I Am Malala with Malala Yousafzai; The Africa House; and The Sewing Circles of Herat, My Afghan Years.
Christina is married to a Portuguese journalist and they live in London with their son.