November 30, 2009

To be or not to be – a War Correspondent

Posted in Lifestyle tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:00 pm by potofcallaloo

Denesia Morariu at work

When the United States of America invaded Iraq on March 19th 2003, Denisa Morariu decided she was going to be a war correspondent. She was only 16 but she never forgets the date.

“It was so unfair. I didn’t agree with that,” said a serious Morariu with conviction.

Morariu felt convinced that this would be her path so she could tell the stories of the people at the heart of the war primarily because she felt the media was failing in this regard.

“We were not hearing about the 150,000 people there who died but everyone was talking about the 400 soldiers who were killed.”

But her uncle who got caught up in the bloody 1989 Revolution in her native Romania tried to dissuade her.

At the time he was a stubborn student who insisted on joining the fight for freedom. But he was traumatised by the mayhem he saw in the capital Bucharest. A little girl who had been shot, and whom he held in his arms, died.

Morariu remained unfazed.

Change of heart

For five years, being a war correspondent was all she spoke about.

All that changed however, earlier this year when she embarked on a journalistic project for her professional portfolio.

She approached a news agency with the idea of writing several articles on war correspondents who had covered the said Romanian Revolution.

It was a pivotal point in her life.

“Those people I talked to really impressed me a lot. Many of them said they cried to see people fighting for freedom. Fighting for an idea. And they said ‘we went there and we were happy to talk about that” said Morariu.


Then it dawned on her that she’d rather report on revolutions or people’s struggles for freedom.

She decided that being a war correspondent meant she would never be able to achieve balance and tell both sides of the story.

Instead, she feels it would result in having to take the “strong side” or  the side of the army, that she’d probably have to travel with to cover a war-ravaged area.

For Morariu, to take any side is “unfair” and would be contrary to her initial reasons for wanting to be a war correspondent.

So nowadays, instead of daydreaming about telling the untold stories of people in war-torn regions, Morariu muses about covering foreign policy in Russia and the Middle East.



  1. Impressive! I never knew that Denisa wanted to be a war correspondent! Nice quotations Alisha, and I thought it unfair too after reading. I like your structure of this story.^_^

  2. Denisa said,

    It’s funny, I didn’t know you called me Morariu, by my surname:) It’ also Denisa, without an I. But you have a very nice story and I like to range of vocabulary you used

    • Heyy Denisa, it’s a habit I have from my past experience in the print media to refer to interviewees by surname:) Sorry if it sounded impersonal it was just habit. Outside of class however you’re Denisa to me::) and sorry about the spelling I checked so many times and didn’t realise but it was promptly corrected:)

  3. Alisha, don’t worry, it doesn’t matter how you write it. I liked it a lot, as I said 🙂 Keep on writing, you’re good at that.

  4. Ben said,

    Yes, indeed a touching story. Hope Denisa is able to persist and have a positive impact on issues affecting her part on the world.

  5. Sarah Munn said,

    Intriguing topic. As a student-journalist myself, this is a path I’ve often thought about.

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