Kenji Nagai and Margaret Moth

I like to have background noise when I am studying. So I had CNN on for a while. I have not yet cried once ever since I arrived in Peru but when I saw all these disasters in Indonesia, Philippines, Samoa and India, I thought I was watching The Notebook, only a little more realistic.

Then, I saw a CNN program called The Stories Untold and it featured Margaret Moth. She is a badass former CNN correspondent that was diagnosed with cancer two and a half years ago. Her real name is Margaret Wilson but she did not enjoy taking after the husband’s last name and thus picked up her own last name, Moth. Young, beautiful with large eyes and dark hair, she was also an animal lover. She refused to take horse carts and instead ran alongside the horse! She is famous for being brave in taking shots at war zones and conflict areas. She was badly shot in Sarajevo but returned after more than a dozen operations. She was badass.

This documentary kind of reminds me of the Japanese journalist that was killed in Yangon, namely Kenji Nagai. He survived a bunch of international hell’s dens but died from two/three gun shots in front of the Bogyoke Market. Why is his bravery not celebrated in the same way? Why not a documentary about him? Both journalists are relentlessly courageous and toured around war zones armed only with cameras. One dies unfortunately at work and that was the end of him. The AP journalist that took a picture of Nagai’s body from a building won an international media award. On the other hand, this woman survives and becomes a celebrity. Why does this happen? I do believe in chance now.

In any case, I found her courage aspiring. She laughs and talks about her cancer. She said she would have been panicked by now if she had lived a boring life. Now that she has been to places that you can’t just go by purchasing tickets from the tour operator, now that she has experienced in what the locals have been through in an extremely real manner, she is okay with her cancer. She said: “I don’t think it matters whether you are alive or dead as long as you can say that you have gotten everything out of life.”

She intimidates me.

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