More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 30

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, edited extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

THE Mercedes was uncomfortably crowded and I joined an Italian photographer, Luca, in his luxury, rented Italian four-wheel drive.

The psychiatric hospital drop was achieved and then the convoy moved on.

But, as we turned onto a main road, a couple of black vehicles cut into the convoy and cut us right out.

Gunmen from their vehicles and signalled us to the side of the road.

Luca, as the driver, made the decision to comply with their instructions. I knew it was a tough decision to make. Did you carry on and risk a hail of fire or comply?

Personally, I have always carried on in this sort of situation but, Luca, drafted in from his usual beat doing pics of businessmen in Milan, pulled over.