Monthly Archives: July 2007

Africa Dispatch: Hong Kong

International cell: +1-917-679-4440

Dear all,

It’s done. After more than one year of work on this project, the Iraq book was printed this week in Shenzhen, China.
Chiho and I were present during the printing, which was done in a 33 hour non-stop marathon session. At the moment we are in Hong Kong and we will fly back to New York tomorrow. On August 1st we’ll be back in Dakar, Senegal to continue the overland journey through Africa.
The Iraq book is published by powerHouse books and will come out in November this year.

It can already be ordered here on
And in Germany.

On November 15, 2007 there will be a show opening and book signing event at the Redux Gallery in New York.

On July 13, my Iraqi colleague Khalid Hassan was murdered in Baghdad. “Fat Khalid” as he was usually referred to was a 23-year old fixer and translator for the New York Times Baghdad bureau. We had been working together regularly during my stays in Iraq. I felt a deep pain and personal loss after hearing of his death.
I just printed this book about the war in Iraq and I could not help but constantly think about what happened to Khalid. And about what happened to Iraq. It makes me terribly sad.
I don’t have the words.

Please find the story about Khalid’s death in the NYTimes here.

Some of the NYT correspondents wrote personal notes about Khalid here.

If you would like to make a contribution in support of Khalid’s family, please find some information below:

Remembering Khalid

Khalid Hassan, member of The Times’s Iraqi news staff, was killed on Friday, July 13.
He supported his mother and four sisters. The Foreign Desk has started a fund to raise money for his family. Tammy Golson (212.556.4667/ is handling all contributions for Mr. Hassan’s family. If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to:
“The New York Times,” noting Khalid’s name in the memo field. The Times has paid for all funeral costs, offered to relocated the family, made a generous contribution and plans to match all money raised by this fund.

Please mail checks to:

Tammy Golson
The New York Times
Foreign Desk/3rd Floor
620 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY 10018

Thanks and best

Christoph Bangert
currently in Hong Kong
international cell: +1-917-679-4440

current location: Brooklyn, USA

US cell: +1-718-744-5441

I’ll be in New York until July 17. From July 18 to approximately July 25, I’ll be in Hong Kong and China. From approximately July 28 on, I’ll be back in Dakar, Senegal to continue my journey through Africa.