Friday, December 30, 2005

In the dictionary, under the word "ballsy," you will find this picture. You will also find it under stupid, and under grounded for life.

Farris Hassan, a 16-year-old teen from Florida, snuck off from home shortly before the Christmas holiday to practice a little immersion journalism. He goal was to visit Baghdad. So, alone, he travelled to, eventually, Beirut, Lebanon, where he caught a plane to Baghdad. He was eventaully turned in to the US Embassy, and is on his way home, where a very angry Iraqi-born woman will no doubt have some very strong words with him. Here's the whole story. Read it and be amazed.

I have to admire this kid. His little adventure may have been ill-advised, but you can't deny his courage. A lot of kids his age would have been happy surfing blogs for their journalism class. He's travelled. He's risked his life.

Geez, I hope he writes a book.


Blogger MPH said...

...and the AP article was very well done as well.

11:40 PM  

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