Zahera's lucky day?
Zahera Harb was one of the journalists that reported on the Qana Massacre in 1996. Although this shot her to fame, she's not sure as to whether she deserves all this attention.
Sound - voices in the background.
"They say it was my lucky day... April 18, 1996.
Lucky for being in the right place at the right time.
The place... Qana village in South Lebanon.
The time... minutes after Israeli missiles hit U.N. headquarters killing all 300 civilians sheltering in the compound... and I was the journalist reporting that live on national TV.
I was interviewed by the press, received in radio and TV shows and decorated for honourable mentions of bravery. I was labelled as the reporter who reported the Qana massacre. I became a primetime news anchor and hosted my own show.
I won prizes but still I couldn't figure out why we journalists of Qana got this much of the press attention. All I can think about now is that we were just doing our jobs.
The exaggeration in the role we played then was far beyond description. I hated the repeated questions... How did it feel?... What was it like?... And how were you able to handle it? We learned every story has to have a hero, and they made us heroes.
Here I am now in Cardiff, looking back at what happened and thinking we were the wrong heroes.
No matter how shocked and distressed I felt that day - standing among shattered bodies of women, children and old men - I believe it was nothing compared to the tragic experience of the victims and the survivors.
Was I lucky?... Yes... lucky for not being one of them... sadly, luck for me was death for other people."