The nice reporter of TF1, Liseron Boudoul, publishes his conflict diaries in Ukraine

She has determined, she needs to go to Kabul. We’re firstly of 2022 and Liseron Boudoul, conflict reporter for TF1 and LCI, needs to inform the sinister destiny of women and girls who’re as soon as once more trapped behind the fundamentalism of the Taliban who’re again in energy. After which the information catches up together with her. “I felt one thing was going to occur in Ukraine, there have been too many questions, too many questions. The CIA issued warnings however nobody believed them, even the Russians by no means mentioned they had been alive. Let’s not discuss it in France…”.

On the finish of January, she spoke about it at a dinner in Paris with an “previous buddy”, Charles d’Anjou, a enterprise supervisor specializing within the safety of enormous teams in Russia and Central Asia. She shortly satisfied the editor-in-chief of TF1, Thierry Thuillier, to alter his plans, telling him: “If nothing occurs in Ukraine in two weeks, I will be again. I stayed there for 4 months…”. Three months precisely in Ukraine and a month in Moscow to barter and file a uncommon interview with International Minister Sergey Lavrov. A “coup d’état” in journalistic jargon.On the entrance to Mariupol on the passage of Russian tanks. Credit score: DR.

Final February, Liseron Boudoul “smells” the conflict. Russian troops have gathered on the Ukrainian border and she or he needs to guide the assault. She negotiates with the pro-Russian separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk so as to journey and work. So it’s the first Western tv, since 15 days, within the strategic metropolis of Mariupol, whereas one other TF1 editorial staff is on the Ukrainian facet of Donbass. His resume as a conflict reporter in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan or Mali performed to his benefit.

“I do not do that job simply to point out myself on tv”

After which conflict breaks out. Sadly, the instinct was appropriate. The e-book catches the attention from the primary traces with its description of those a whole bunch of inhabitants who, after a month beneath the bombs, emerge from the cellars of Mariupol. Rockets are raining and she or he has by no means coated this sort of conflict earlier than: “If you see the tanks, the shelling, the trenches… you inform your self: nevertheless it’s 14/18! This heavy artillery conflict was a primary for me.”

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Liseron Boudoul tells the struggling of those conflict victims each night within the skylight of the French. This girl dying for the TF1 staff in a wheelchair, or these 5 grandmothers, all conflict widows who’ve spent lengthy weeks within the cellars with a damaged range and an empty fridge.The nice reporter of TF1 all the time seeks the brilliance, the gorgeous humanity in honor of the conflict. Credit score: DR.

The TV journalist has a mode, a manner of writing, a manner of approaching her experiences that characterize her. The journalist “frogs” within the streets of Donbass seeking a fantastic human mild. She is searching for historical past and this time, deep in Ukraine, it’s a girl who kneels earlier than her in Mariupol. Understanding that the reporter is French, she asks her to name her daughter, who lives in Strasbourg, to inform her that her mom continues to be alive.
Liseron Boudoul, it’s also this price range that she advocates and obtains from TF1 and Thierry Thuillier to purchase a inventory of medicines. Or this fridge that Charles D’Anjou fills in a cellar in Ukraine to feed a number of households.

“Witnesses, a Mission”

“I am a believer,” she likes to recall. “Possibly it is simply paying consideration, however that is additionally my mission, that is additionally our function as a conflict reporter, telling tales, witnessing, sending messages. I do not do that job simply to point out myself on tv.
She can be near loss of life in Ukraine, 200 meters from a cluster munitions missile, as in Aleppo from which she nearly by no means returned. She can be in a short time blacklisted by Ukrainian authorities “who cannot stand” being on the pro-Russian facet. The routine for this journalist was as soon as blacklisted in Turkey, banned in Syria and even expelled from Mali.This missile fell 200 meters from the resort of the TF1 reporting staff in Ukraine. Credit score: DR.

“You need to discuss to the aggressor and to the attacked, to be in each camp, it is an honor for a journalist,” says Liseron Boudoul on this Auvergne city of Saint-Paulien, within the Haute-Loire, the place she involves her batteries to recharge this summer season together with his household. After which she goes to Kabul in August. A yr in the past, the Taliban returned to energy in Afghanistan.

Ebook: Mariupol, On the Roads of Hell.
By Liseron Boudoul and Charles d’Anjou, revealed by the Observatory.

Julien Bonnefoy

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