Minka Nijhuis is an award-winning journalist for the Dutch daily Trouw, Vrij Nederland and for several radio stations. She has reported on conflicts in Cambodia, Burma, Kosovo, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. She is the author of two books on Burma (A Tea House in the Jungle, 1995 and Smuggled Goods, 1998) and one about East Timor (The Legacy of Matebian, 2000) for which she was awarded the Prix des Ambassadeurs. Her book about a family in Baghdad, Khala’s House (2004), was nominated for the MJ Brusse Prize for non-fiction and this year Burma. Land of secrets won the Bob den Uyl Prize for the best Dutch-language travel book.