From Racetrack to Reporter, from England to Yemen

People leave the horse racing business for all kinds of reasons. It can be dangerous work. It’s tough to make a living. In most cases, they end up in work that’s a little safer, a little more stable than what they did on the racetrack.

But not if you’re Iona Craig, who went from a life as a jockey and trainer to life as a journalist in Yemen, which might make life at the track seem risk-free by comparison.

“I had three friends kidnapped in December,” she said from London, where she was spending a few days to participate in an event at Chatham House, home to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and to attend the memorial service of a colleague. “I’ve had another two friends kidnapped in June and actually I had another one kidnapped last week.”

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