In an unprecedented step, a Saudi woman journalist took the risk of going into the Saudi-Yemeni border battlefield to report on the latest developments in the Houthi conflict, according to press reports Tuesday.
Samira al-Madani has been through very hard times in the battlefield but her love for her country has helped her overcome them all, the Saudi newspaper al-Riyadh reported.
“I forget everything the moment I see our heroes making their homeland proud” she told the paper.
Madani expressed how enthusiastic she becomes when watching Saudi soldiers fighting for their country.
“I have witnessed things that will forever be carved in my memory as well as the country’s memory.”
Madani, always dressed in an army uniform, started her coverage of the Houthi insurgency last week.
She met with Prince Gazan Mohamed bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz of the southwestern province who gave her a full description of the area in which the conflict is taking place and a background of the conflict. She also interviewed several soldiers on the front.
Madani says she is first of all honored to be the first the woman to witness such an important milestone in her country’s history.
“Second, I am honored to bear witness to such a manifestation of courage and patriotism,” she added.
According to al-Riyadh, Madani’s coverage of the developments in the Houthi conflict has been “thorough” and “comprehensive.”
“She has skillfully managed to portray the courage of the heroes and their keenness to protect their country and its borders against infiltrators,” the paper concluded.
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).