War Correspondent gives Talk!

Christina Lamb, the renowned journalist and war correspondent, visited Hampton to talk about her career.

Christina, had just flown in from Zimbabwe and she spoke to Hampton pupils about the importance of education in this poverty stricken country and the lengths that families will go to to ensure that their child can go to school.

The reporter, who is currently Chief Foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times, also spoke about her comprehensive coverage of Afghanistan, recalling a terrifying encounter with the Taliban when she was embedded behind the lines with British troops. She recounted to her gripped young audience how she feared for her life as the insurgents opened fire, forcing her and the soldiers to dive for cover in a ditch.

Christina is also widely admired for her coverage of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for demanding that girls be allowed to receive an education. Christina spent a year with Malala and together they produced the bestselling book I Am Malala. It is one of several books written by the journalist whose latest title is Farewell Kabul.

Christina Lamb ended her Talk! by encouraging the boys in her audience to value their education because young people in other parts of the world do not have the same opportunities.

Organiser of Talk! Mr Richard Worrallo thanked her on behalf of the School:

Hampton boys were again inspired by a speaker who encouraged them to make a real difference to the world they are growing up in. It was fantastic to see how much powerful work Christina has done in reporting the news to millions of people in some of the most challenging parts of the planet.