Zohra Bensemra

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Born in Algiers, Zohra Bensemra has worked as a photojournalist since 1990.

She started her career at El Watan newspaper as Algeria’s first female photojournalist and joined Reuters in 1997 documenting the Algerian civil war. Among her first international assignments was the 2000 conflict in Macedonia and the 2003 Iraq war. Since then she has worked across the Middle-East and Africa, covering the referendum in Sudan, the Tunisian uprising and the revolution in Libya, as well as Afghanistan, Syria, Darfur and Somalia.

From 2012 to 2014, Bensemra was Reuters Chief Photographer for Pakistan, based in Islamabad, before moving back to Algiers where she continues to cover breaking news in the Middle-East and Africa. Over the last year and past months she has travelled several times to Iraq and Syria documenting the frontline battle against Islamic State militants in Mosul and Raqqa, as well as the humanitarian impact of the conflict. She recently went to Bangladesh to document the Rohingya Humanitarian crisis.

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