RAMÓN LOBO, (Lagunillas, Venezuela, 1955) Journalist
War correspondent for the Spanish daily EL PAÍS for over 20 years. Presently, freelance writer and commentator on national and international topics for different online and offline media, as well as a regular contributor to El Periódico de Cataluña and Cadena Ser.
As an El País correspondent, I covered the following conflicts: Iraq, six times, two with Saddam and four without him, the last time at the end of 2008; Bosnia-Herzegovina (seven times during the war), Croatia and a lot in Serbia and Kosovo. Haiti in 1994 and 2010; Afghanistan in 2001 after 9/11 and in August and November 2009; Lebanon in 2001 and 2006; Israel and Palestine, the Philippines in 2001. Further I regularly travelled to Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, the two Congo Republics, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Conakry, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Liberia, Niger, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, South Sudan, Central African Republic of Somalia, etc.
–El Héroe inexistente (1999) which collects the experiences of my travels and how the vision of war modifies the correspondent.
–Isla África (2001), a novel located in Barcelona and Sierra Leone in which I reflect on the value of life and friendship. It was translated to Portuguese, Italian and French with Actes Sud (I’lle Afrique)
–Cuadernos de Kabul (2010). Will have a reprint in January 2018 by Península), which brings together the post (polished and improved) that I published on the El País website in August and November 2009.
–El Autoestopista de Grozni, war and football stories (KO Books) within the Illustrated Hooligans collection.
–Todos Náufragos (2016) mixes the tragic history of my family with that of Spain, both destroyed by the Civil War and the dictatorship.
Chapters/articles in books:
Los ojos de la guerra (2001) coordínated by Manu Leguineche and Gervasio Sánchez, Seguiremos informando (2010), coordinated by Aurelio Martín
Queremos saber and Guerras de ayer y hoy (2016), a conversation between Mikel Ayestaran and me, published by the magazine 5W. It is a conversation between an old war correspondent (me) and a young one (Mikel; 40 years old)
This is one of my reportages for Jot Down, translated to English “Guatemala, la transición confiscada”:
Interview with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker:
CV in Spanish, on my blog: ¿Quién creo que soy? (Who do I think I am?): http://www.ramonlobo.com/about/.
Twitter account: @ramonlobo