Irene Caselli


Irene Caselli is a freelance multimedia journalist with experience in print and broadcasting. She reports for the BBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Univisión, and is a contributing editor for Index on Censorship magazine. After a decade in Latin America, she is now based in Italy.

She is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and German, and has intermediate French and Portuguese. She was the BBC correspondent in Venezuela when Hugo Chávez died.

She also worked for the BBC in Argentina and Ecuador as a correspondent, and in London as a producer. Her interests include violence and insecurity, human rights, women, environment, health, and culture.

29.37 kilometers – at the time of writing this report, separating Kramatorsk, the temporary capital of the Donetsk Oblast, from the front line. One third of the 220,000 inhabitants remained. In the deserted city you can see mostly soldiers. They head to the front or return from it to rest for a while. The fate of Kramatorsk and eastern Ukraine depends on the outcome of fierce fighting. Military trucks and heavy equipment rush to nearby Bakhmut every day.