Sunday, December 13, 2015






“I grew up in those areas the attackers came from. My friends were all Muslims — Algerians, Tunisians. There was something broken about these families...”

Mariane Pearl, the journalist whose husband, Daniel, was beheaded by al-Qaeda in 2002, was born in Paris to immigrants. Last month’s attacks in the French capital affected her deeply. She tells Christina Lamb how she is working with Yazidi women in Iraq — who themselves have been under attack — to help spread a message of peace


It’s grey and drizzly by the river in east London, only a few days after the Paris attacks, and everyone is grim and nervy. There are police in black armoured vests at the Tube station and, even at 11 in the morning, the streets feel dark and forbidding.
Waiting for me in a riverside pub, not far from where the Pilgrim Fathers set off for the New World, a woman who looks as if she belongs in sunnier climes sits curled up by a fire in the corner. Dressed in trousers and a long stripy grey-and-yellow jumper that she keeps pulling over her hands, she has that Parisian thing of looking casual but stylish. Her hair is a mass of corkscrew curls scrunched back. Her wide smile manages to be both warm and wary.
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