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. There, Hadid and her team were awarded a Murrow in 2019 for hard news for their story on why abortion rates in Pakistan are among the highest in the world.

Hadid has also documented the culture war surrounding Valentines' Day in Pakistan, the country's love affair with Vespa scooters and the struggle of a band of women and girls to ride their bikes in public. She visited a town notorious in Pakistan for a series of child rapes and murders, and attended class with young Pakistanis racing to learn Mandarin as China's influence over the country expands.

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, 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 her daughter, 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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Post Taliban takeover: Riding a bike is out of the question for Afghan women

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A fisherman (right) smiles on a boat as he ferries passengers to a partially submerged village in southern Pakistan. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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Fishermen offer a lifeline to Pakistan's flooded villages

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Safoora holds her seventh child, Samira, as she waits to be seen by midwives who've set up a pop-up clinic in the tent encampment she's been living in since floods washed away her home. The clinic is run by Neha Mankani, a midwife who leads the Mama Baby Fund. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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The fearless midwives of Pakistan: In the face of floods, they do not give up

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Pakistanis save their town from floodwaters by building an embankment

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Bicycles have become the only commuting option for many Afghans, who are often unable to afford a ride in a bus or a shared cab as the economy has unraveled under Taliban rule. But the conservative Taliban culture means that women are missing from the ranks of these new riders. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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Pakistan is still reeling from unprecedented floods that caused widespread destruction

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About a dozen teen girls in a secret book club in Afghanistan are reading — and finding comfort in — Anne Frank's diary. Arzou, one of participants, said it was the first time they had read the firsthand account of a teenage girl living through extreme hardship. "I think Anne Frank is like, as a friend for me," she said. Diaa Hadid hide caption

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Anne Frank's diary speaks to teen girls in a secret Kabul book club

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Left to right: Nazia, Mubina and Leila saw their homes washed away in the flooding. They now share a tent at a technical college that has been converted into a camp for displaced people. Diaa Hadid hide caption

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A flooded Pakistani town faces an uncertain future

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Millions are displaced from flooding in Pakistan, but one city has avoided the worst

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Officials call the Pakistan floods that killed over 1,000 a climate nightmare

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Pakistan pins deadly floods on climate change

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Former Pakistan leader sees legal action that may impact future political involvement

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A man shows a certificate of appreciation from an American defense contractor while seeking help with his Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) application at Herat Kabul Internet cafe on August 8, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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The Dire Reality In Afghanistan A Year After The U.S. Withdrawal

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Terrorism charges are filed against Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan

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