NYT Mag: From Arizona to Yemen - The Journey of an American Bomb

Number 28277
Subject Foreign Affairs
Source New York Times Magazine
State
Year 2018
Publication Date December 11, 2018
Summary In one narrative feature, rendering the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe on a small, personal scale, in order to make it feel relevant, tactile, and immediate to western readers. The hope was to collapse the distance and let Western readers feel what it was like to be the victim of an airstrike in Yemen, and to be a patient in hospital deprived of resources by a blockade. We wanted the crisis to feel familiar and close, rather than distant and exotic. By investigating the provenance of a bomb used and telling the story of its journey from an American assembly line to the planes above people we’d come to care about, showing readers how intertwined their own lives are with the lives of Yemenis.
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Keywords New York Times Magazine, Yemen, airstrike, narrative, blockade, Middle East, bomb, assembly, planes
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