Diaa Hadid Diaa Hadid chiefly covers Pakistan and Afghanistan for NPR News. She is based in NPR's bureau in Islamabad.
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Diaa Hadid

International Correspondent, Islamabad, Pakistan

Diaa Hadid chiefly covers Pakistan and Afghanistan for NPR News. She is based in NPR's bureau in Islamabad. Hadid joined NPR after reporting from the Middle East for over a decade. She worked as a correspondent for The New York Times from March 2015 to March 2017, and she was a correspondent for The Associated Press from 2006 to 2015.

Hadid documented the collapse of Gadhafi's rule in Libya from the capital, Tripoli. In Cairo's Tahrir Square, she wrote of revolutionary upheaval sweeping Egypt. She covered the violence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from Baghdad, Erbil, and Dohuk. From Beirut, she was the first to report on widespread malnutrition and starvation inside a besieged rebel district near Damascus. She also covered Syria's war from Damascus, Homs, Tartous, and Latakia.

Her favorite stories are about people and moments that capture the complexity of the places she covers.

They include her story on a lonely-hearts club in Gaza, run by the militant Islamic group Hamas. She unraveled the mysterious murder of a militant commander, discovering that he was killed for being gay. In the West Bank, she profiled Israel's youngest prisoner, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl who got her first period while being interrogated.

In Syria, she met the last great storyteller of Damascus, whose own trajectory of loss reflected that of his country. In Libya, she profiled a synagogue that once was the beating heart of Tripoli's Jewish community.

In Baghdad, Ms. Hadid met women who risked their lives to visit beauty salons in a quiet rebellion against extremism and war. In Lebanon, she chronicled how poverty was pushing Syrian refugee women into survival sex.

Hadid documented the Muslim pilgrimage to holy sites in Saudi Arabia, known as the Hajj, using video, photographs, and essays.

Hadid began her career as a reporter for The Gulf News in Dubai in 2004, covering the abuse and hardships of foreign workers in the United Arab Emirates. She was raised in Canberra by a Lebanese father and an Egyptian mother. She graduated from the Australian National University with a B.A. (with Honors) specializing in Arabic, a language she speaks fluently. She also makes do in Hebrew and Spanish.

Her passions are photography, cooking, vintage dress shopping, and listening to the radio. She sings really badly, but that won't stop her.

Meet Hadid on Twitter @diaahadid, or see her photos on Instagram. She also often posts up her work on her community Facebook page.

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Mir, a Pakistani man who used to live in Xinjiang, China, clutches the hands of his two daughters. Since Chinese authorities detained his wife, he's been raising their two girls alone. "My mind just won't work," he says. "I sound incoherent, I can't think, I even forget what to say in my prayers." Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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'My Family Has Been Broken': Pakistanis Fear For Uighur Wives Held In China

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A Pakistani supporter of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), a hardline religious party, holds an image of Christian woman Asia Bibi during a protest rally following the Supreme Court's decision to acquit Bibi of blasphemy in Islamabad. Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pakistan's Supreme Court Overturns Blasphemy Conviction

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News Brief: Trump Visits Pittsburgh, Americans Divided On #MeToo, Pakistan Blasphemy Case

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Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a hard-line religious political party, chant slogans during a protest on Wednesday against the court decision to overturn the conviction of Asia Bibi. Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Saleem Abbas, a 17-year-old from northern Pakistan, sits front and center in his Chinese language class taught by Nayyar Nawaz at Pakistan's National University of Modern Languages. Saiyna Bashir for NPR hide caption

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In Pakistan, Learning Chinese Is Cool — And Seen As A Path To Prosperity

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Pakistani Journalist Faced Court Hearing On Treason Charges

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In Pakistan, Stepped Up Security Seems To Calm Violence In Karachi

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A little girl fills two jerrycans with water in the Korangi slum in Karachi. Fetching water is a duty that often falls on very young children. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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For Karachi's Water Mafia, Stolen H2O Is A 'Lucrative Business'

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Pentagon Chief Mattis Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

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Zalmay Khalilzad Appointed As U.S. Special Adviser To Afghanistan

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During A Tense Time, Pompeo Prepares To Visit Pakistan

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News Brief: Kavanaugh Confirmation Preview, U.S. Pakistan Aid, Myanmar Journalists

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