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Simon Dring
Jul 19th, 2021, 11:07pm
 
Announcing the death of Simon Dring, previously BBC war correspondent.
This communication is from his cousin, Chris Barlas:

I learned last Friday of the death of my cousin Simon Dring, the ex-BBC war correspondent, in Romania. Simon died during routine surgery for a bowel obstruction. Maybe you might be able to get this information into the BBC system.

Simon Dring reported for the BBC from many zones of conflict throughout the world in the 1960/70/80s.
Simon went to the far East when he was only 18 and started as a feature writer on the Bangkok World Newspaper. He went on to report on the beginning of the Vietnam war, reporting for Reuters and other news organisations.

His subsequent career for The Telegraph and the BBC saw him reporting from Biafra, Bangladesh, Eritrea and many other conflict zones. I believe he was on the plane carrying Khomeni back from Paris to Iran in 1979. Simon was injured several times and imprisoned in Uganda by Amin where he was threatened with execution.

Simon won many awards, both in Britain and internationally. He worked with many other BBC correspondents, including John Simpson.

His subsequent career saw him working for Armand Hammer and he was also instrumental in creating Sport Aid.

I can vouch for this information as Simon's cousin. He leaves behind his partner Fiona and two young children, Ava and India.
If you want further information, please let me know: chris@barlas.info

Best wishes, Chris Barlas.
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