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Who Shot Ahmed? A Mystery Unravels in Bahrain's Botched Arab Spring (Kindle Single) (DAWNS Global Humanitarian Storytelling Series) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Dickinson
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Who Shot Ahmed? recounts the murder of a 22-year-old videographer, killed in cold blood in the dead of night at the height of Bahrain’s Arab Spring revolution. On a small island Kingdom swirling with political, economic, and sectarian tensions, Ahmed’s murder epitomized everything that had gone wrong since 2011, when pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in droves. Drawing on dozens of testimonies, journalist Elizabeth Dickinson traces the tale of Ahmed’s death and his family’s fearless quest for justice. Darting between narratives and delving into characters, it is a tale of a life lost and the great powers—from Washington to London, and Riyadh to Manama—that did nothing to stop the crisis. Dickinson has a deep knowledge of the region, but she brings a story from a foreign land straight back home: Ahmed could be any of our sons.

Elizabeth Dickinson is an American journalist based in Abu Dhabi. Reporting from five continents, she has served as assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, Nigeria correspondent for The Economist, as well as contributing Editor at World Affairs and correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. Her work has additionally appeared in The National, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. This work is based on her independent investigation and does not represent the views of her employers.

What people are saying about “Who Shot Ahmed?”

"For those of us in the business of recording history as it unfolds, it is inspiring to read the sad but ultimately uplifting story that Elizabeth Dickinson offers up regarding a young Bahraini cameraman, Ahmed Ismail al-Samadi, who was shot dead by police during pro-democracy protests he was filming. Be it in Bahrain, in Egypt, in Syria, or any other zone of conflict and contestation, the role of the media is critical, and it should therefore come as no surprise that the person holding the camera to document events -- for the record, for justice, for posterity -- becomes a target. In telling Ahmed's tale, with its bittersweet ending, Dickinson reaffirms the continuity of recording history, despite a regime's attempt to break it by killing the messenger."
- Joost Hiltermann, CEO, International Crisis Group

“Elizabeth Dickinson captures both the tragedy and complexity of the simmering, sometimes explosive, unrest in Bahrain in recent years. Her portrayal of a brave young man and his family provides the human texture necessary to achieve deeper understanding of the broad political issues. While Dickinson wisely avoids proposing easy solutions to Bahrain's problems, she highlights the challenges with admirable empathy and understanding.”
- Richard LeBaron, visiting senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, former US ambassador to Kuwait

“"Who shot Ahmed? " demonstrates the multidimensional challenges draining the credibility of U.S. foreign policy in the Gulf.”
- Matar Matar Ebrahim, former Bahraini MP

Publisher’s Note

The Development and Aid World News Service (DAWNS) believes that a community of global humanitarian news consumers can be inspired to support storytelling about issues, ideas and places generally ignored by mainstream press. The DAWNS Digest curates the latest human rights, international development and humanitarian news everyday. Revenue from subscription sales to DAWNS Digest funds a grant program for journalists, bloggers, photographers and documentary filmmakers around the world.

Who Shot Ahmed? is the embodiment of our mission. This first installment of our new e-single series is a riveting story told by a skilled journalist, Elizabeth Dickinson. Your purchase supports our mission to bring stories like Ahmed’s to life.

Learn more at and sign up for updates at http://dawnsdigest.com or send us an email DAWNSDigest@gmail.com to learn how you can support humanitarian storytelling.

-- Mark Leon Goldberg and Tom Murphy, co-founders.


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What people are saying about "Who Shot Ahmed?"

"For those of us in the business of recording history as it unfolds, it is inspiring to read the sad but ultimately uplifting story that Elizabeth Dickinson offers up regarding a young Bahraini cameraman, Ahmed Ismail al-Samadi, who was shot dead by police during pro-democracy protests he was filming. Be it in Bahrain, in Egypt, in Syria, or any other zone of conflict and contestation, the role of the media is critical, and it should therefore come as no surprise that the person holding the camera to document events -- for the record, for justice, for posterity -- becomes a target. In telling Ahmed's tale, with its bittersweet ending, Dickinson reaffirms the continuity of recording history, despite a regime's attempt to break it by killing the messenger."
- Joost Hiltermann, CEO, International Crisis Group

"Elizabeth Dickinson captures both the tragedy and complexity of the simmering, sometimes explosive, unrest in Bahrain in recent years. Her portrayal of a brave young man and his family provides the human texture necessary to achieve deeper understanding of the broad political issues. While Dickinson wisely avoids proposing easy solutions to Bahrain's problems, she highlights the challenges with admirable empathy and understanding."
- Richard LeBaron, visiting senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, former US ambassador to Kuwait

""Who shot Ahmed? " demonstrates the multidimensional challenges draining the credibility of U.S. foreign policy in the Gulf."
- Matar Matar Ebrahim, former Bahraini MP

Product Details

  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: The Development and Aid World News Service (DAWNS) (September 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0SHV1I
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By HBehr
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This is a fantastic format for investigative journalism. I think of myself as a person who pays attention to the news, but struggles a little to keep track of the specific events in the Middle East. The Arab Spring sits in my mind as a set of dominos, one tipping another, but I have trouble remembering which domino is which and how it looks now.
Fortunately, now that I've read this book I can remember Bahrain and keep it straight from the others. The personal tragedy of Ahmed aligns well with the historical facts and perspective. Its a great story - though one with a sad and unfinished ending. As a teacher I'm encouraging my colleagues to use it in their instruction of the Arab Spring. Its length and approachability make it perfect for guiding students to understand the events of the past two years, as well the historical context.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Shot Ahmed? September 18, 2013
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A riveting true story of a young citizen jounalist killed in Bharain. Well written and arranged to keep the reader interested and wanting to know how it ends. A must read story that gives a real face to a tragic situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 15, 2013
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Outstanding book by an amazing journalist who dives right into risky situations throughout the globe to cover the important - but often ignored - people and stories shaping our world today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent journalism November 17, 2013
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Important contribution during a very crucial time for civil society in the region. We need more Ahmeds and Dickinsons to speak up and be heard.
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Dickinson is an American journalist based in Abu Dhabi. Reporting from five continents, she has served as assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, Nigeria correspondent for The Economist, as well as contributing Editor at World Affairs and correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. Her work has additionally appeared in The National, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. Elizabeth graduated Cum Laude from Yale University, with a degree in African and International Studies.



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