The Polish journalist and author Ryszard Kapuscinski has died at the age of 74. From 1959 to 1981, Kapuscinski covered the world’s poorest and most dangerous places as a foreign correspondent. He witnessed 27 coups and revolutions, befriended the likes of Che Guevara and was sentenced to death four times, according to his US publisher.
Kapuscinski was born in 1932 in Pinsk, a small city now in Belarus. He maintained his experiences with totalitarianism and war as a young boy helped him understand conflicts in other parts of the world. He was rumoured to be a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature, but the call from Stockholm never came.