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  • Sunday, 23 Apr 2017

IT was a “crazy red-haired Irish girl’’ who got Peter Greste started on reporting from the frontlines in war zones.

In 1992, while the war in Bosnia was starting to rage, the 20-something Greste was in a pub in London where he was quite taken by a red-haired girl “dancing on the bar, having a wonderful time”. Talking to her, he learnt she was Irish-Catholic and about to begin a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, a town that was just an earshot from Mostar, where some of the Bosnian war’s fiercest battles were fought.

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