hamida ghafour was born in Kabul in 1978. In 1981 her parents fled Afghanistan and claimed political asylum in New Delhi, India. In 1985 the family migrated to Canada and settled in Toronto.

Hamida has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has reported for all of Canada's national newspapers including the Toronto Star, Canada's biggest circulation newspaper, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail. Shortly after 11 September 2001, she moved to London and on her first day in the Daily Telegraph's newsroom the US bombing campaign began in Afghanistan. She has also reported for The Mail on Sunday, The Express and The Times. In July 2003 she was sent to Afghanistan to cover the country's reconstruction and first election. Over the next 14 months she reported from there for the Daily Telegraph, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail.

She is the author of the forthcoming THE SLEEPING BUDDHA: The Story of Afghanistan through the eyes of one family published in the UK by Constable & Robinson in March 2007.

She lives in London.

Festivals: 2007 (Year Round)

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