’I think that all of us who have lived around the Eastern Mediterranean in recent years have all had a moment of understanding when we recognise that it is finished, that hope has disappeared for now and that what lies ahead is darkness.’
Sigurd Falkenberg Mikkelsen has been Norwegian Broadcasting’s Middle Eastern Correspondent for the past five years, covering the region from the Arab Spring right through to today’s migration crisis.
The correspondent’s letters are documentary testimony of this period, filled with descriptions of hope and faith, life and death. They are personal letters, coloured both by the violent events he witnessed and by the experiences of his own journey, which began when they moved to Cairo as a family of three in 2011 and ended when they returned home as a family of four in 2016.
This is not only a comprehensive, objective overview of this important and unsettled period in the history of the Middle East and North Africa; it is also a subjective glimpse into Mikkelsen’s experiences during this time.
Sigurd Falkenberg Mikkelsen (1975–) is a foreign correspondent for NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). He worked in Iraq after the invasion by the USA and its allies, and has also covered the warfare between Israel and Hizbollah in 2006. From 2011 to 2016 he was based in Kario, and covered the entire Middle East for NRK. Mikkelsen has filmed two documentaries. His academic education was completed at Institut d`Etudes Politiques de Paris.