Arwa Damon honored at the second annual James W. Foley Freedom Awards

Our founder and CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon was honored at the second annual James W. Foley Freedom Awards on May 1 in Washington D.C.

She was recognized for her courageous journalism, and how this inspired her to found INARA to provide life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries or illnesses and are unable to access treatment due to war.

Emma Beals and Delphine Halgand were also awarded alongside Arwa Damon.

Emma Beals and Delphine Halgand were also awarded alongside Arwa Damon.

Speaking about receiving this incredible honor, Arwa said: “Jim’s moral courage is exemplary. I am in awe of it and that displayed by his parents Diane and John, the entire Foley family, my fellow awardees and am deeply grateful to the Foley Foundation for this recognition. It is my honor to carry on his legacy. I promise we will keep fighting, as journalists and humanitarians. We owe it to Jim, to all those that have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice, and to ourselves".

She was one of three extraordinary journalists selected by the James F. Foley Legacy Foundation as their 2017 honorees. She was joined at the awards ceremony by Emma Beals, co-founder of the Frontline Freelance Register, and Delphine Halgand, the US Director of Reporters Without Borders, who have all been recognized for their courageous work covering conflicts.

Diane Foley launched the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation in 2014 following the murder of her son, American conflict reporter James W. Foley, in Syria that same year. Foley said of this year’s honorees: “These three young women continue Jim's legacy of courageous commitment to bearing witness, reporting the truth on the ground around the world, and compassionate advocacy for those suffering amid conflict worldwide.”