Jack arrived in Tripoli from Liberia in February 2011, just as the Libyan revolution was beginning. Like many of the migrants in this country, estimated at up to 1.5 million, he entered through Niger, crossing the Sahara in a 4x4 packed with fellow travellers.
The car stops at the hotel and members of Tawakkol Karman's entourage hop out. It has been a frenetic morning for Karman, who became the youngest person and the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in December.
After more than 8,000 deaths and the displacement of thousands of people from their country, amid horrifying reports of systematic torture and massacre that have sent many others into hiding, it seems hard to believe now that
Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Very British Coup
Christopher de Bellaigue
Bodley Head, 320pp, £20
The clamour for military action in Syria grows with each passing day, exacerbated by the relentless brutality of the Assad regime.
Covering a war "means going to places torn by chaos, destruction and death . . . and trying to bear witness. It means trying to find the truth in