A German War Correspondent’s Harrowing Take on Ferguson

By Aura Bogado Aug 20, 2014

Foreign media outlets have been dispatching war correspondents to Ferguson to bring stories back to their readers and viewers. Several have been arrested, including two correspondents from Germany’s Die Welt. Ansgar Graw and Frank Hermann say they were held for three hours, during which time they denied water and the ability to make a phone call. 

In an English language version of Graw’s account, originally published in German, he explains how Ferguson compares to other war zones he’s worked in:

"This was a very new experience. I’ve been in several conflict zones: I was in the civil war regions in Georgia, the Gaza strip, illegally visited the Kaliningrad region when travel to the Soviet Union was still strictly prohibited for westerners, I’ve been in Iraq, Vietnam and in China, I’ve met Cuba dissidents. But to be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police? For that I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America."

Graw also explains that he asked the arresting officer for his name. "My name is Donald Duck," the officer responded.