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Sahar Zand

British-Iranian journalist with extensive experience in long-form current affairs and documentaries. I have fronted a range of stories from across the world, often from within hostile environments, with a special focus on under-reported human-interest stories. I have reported on topics from conflict and human rights abuses, to gender and mental health issues, and excel in exploring sensitive subjects with empathy, creativity and journalistic rigour.

I have worked across the BBC, Channel 4's Unreported World, and a range of other international broadcasters, reporting on a wide range of stories from all over the world, often in situations with complex safety and security concerns. Murder of social media stars in Iraq, inside Afghanistan’s only secure psychiatric unit, government’s crackdown on the press in Nicaragua, locust swarms in Kenya, young girls force-fed for marriage in Mauritania, #MeToo in Bollywood, living with the dead in Indonesia, mothers in US jails, migrant ghettos in Denmark and horsewomen of Fantasia in Morocco, are amongst some of Sahar’s recent projects.

Born in Iran, I became a refugee at a young age, being smuggled across the world and living in various refugee camps. Finally settling in the UK at the age of 14, my single mother struggled with poverty living in council flats in Glasgow, Peterborough and London. I now chooses to pursue stories that speak to under-served audiences, uncovering stories from around the world that would otherwise remain unreported.

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