Egyptian investigative journalist Maggie Michael, Egyptian photojournalist Nariman El-Mofty, and Yemeni video journalist Maad Al-Zikry, all of whom work for the Associated Press (AP), have won a Pulitzer in international reporting for their coverage of abuses in Yemen’s civil war.
According to AP, Michael, El-Mofty and Al-Zikry spent a year uncovering atrocities and suffering in Yemen, shining a light on “a conflict largely ignored by the American public.”
The series of reports including documented civilian casualties of a US drone campaign drew attention to the presence of child soldiers on the front lines and showed evidence of torture by both Houthi rebels and US-backed forces.
Michael, who is based in Cairo, joined the AP in 2002. She covered political and religious conflict in the Middle East and, as part of AP’s investigations team, has written about civilian casualties in Iraq and Yemen.
El-Mofty is a Canadian-Egyptian photographer. She worked first as a photo editor, then since 2016 as a photographer covering Egypt, Yemen and other parts of the Middle East.
Al-Zikry is a video journalist who has spent years chronicling the war and its horrors. His photograph of an emaciated infant dying at a hospital in 2016 helped bring world attention to starvation in Yemen.
Michael and El-Mofty are the first Egyptians to win the prize.
In April 2018, Michael won the Overseas Press Club (OPC) of America in the contest honouring the best international reporting for her work in Yemen.