An Italian journalist, specializing in Middle Eastern affairs. First Francesca worked as a human rights officer in the region, but turned to journalism in February 2012 to cover the war in Syria. Later her work on this subject transformed into a book Syrian Dust.
Francesca Borri has written books on Kosovo, Israel, and Palestine. Her dispatches have been translated into 24 languages. Borri writes regularly for The Guardian, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Internazionale, and Al-Monitor.
In March 2020 Francesca arrived to Nembro, Italy’s Covid-19 hotspot, a few hours before the first lockdown, and for over two months she is the only writer on the ground. After wrapping up her work with an investigation of what is going wrong with Italy’s response, which is now the core of an investigation of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bergamo, she set off on a long Covid-19 journey across worst-hit countries, in four continents. She is currently in South America.