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Alex Crawford home from war

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Many of us have seen her on our TV screens, reporting fearlessly from the back of a truck belonging to rebel forces, clad in a flak jacket and hard hat.

And as the bullets whizz past her Alex Crawford calmly tells viewers she’s wearing protective clothing merely as a precaution against the celebratory shots being fired all around her.

No wonder that back at home in Bryanston, Johannesburg, Alex’s four children increasingly worry about their mom now they’re older and understand what her job as special correspondent for British TV news channel Sky News entails.

Alex (50) was the first journalist to report live from Green Square when Libyan rebels took control of Tripoli. This experience led to her book, Colonel Gaddafi’s Hat, which was published in March.

Two days ago she was in war-torn Syria, Alex says over a glass of fresh orange juice and a skinny latte at a coffee shop near her home.

“It’s a relief to come back and have a coffee while war seems so far,” she says.

 Read more of Asa Sokopo’s interview with Alex in YOU 13 September 2012.

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