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Simon Reeve

In Attitude, Travel on May 12, 2010 at 14:55

“If somebody turned up at my house from Moldovan TV and stuck a camera in my face, I wouldn’t be very welcoming. So I was amazed by how willing people were to talk to me in front of a camera. Generally, people were pleased that we were taking an interest precisely because they feel that many of these places have been forgotten by the rest of the world. In Transdniestria, I met a guy who had sold a kidney to buy a cow – can you imagine? How can you ever look at your own life and think you’ve had a bad time? It’s humbling, especially in a country like that, which is on the border of Europe. You realise just how lucky you are. My guide in Somaliland was a war hero called Yusuf Abdi Gabobe who fought with the Somaliland resistance. He had lived in the bush for 10 years and talked to us about fighting against a dictatorial regime. Everywhere we went, where they had hardly seen white people, they would stand open-mouthed and then see Yusuf and start cheering – ‘Yusuf, the great hero!’ Somaliland was my favourite place because of the spirit of the people. It was a really moving experience.”

Simon Reeve, British TV presenter, he makes travel documentaries and has received “One World Broadcasting Trust Award” for “outstanding contribution to greater world understanding”.