Journalist Marie Colvin Killed in Syria
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Yesterday, Wednesday February 22nd, veteran reported Marie Colvin was killed in the city of Homs, Syria, while covering the continuing civil uprising there. Ms. Colvin, 56, an American, worked for the Sunday Times of London.
Ms. Colvin, who was a graduate of Yale was easy to recognize – as she wore a black eye patch over her left eye – the result of a shrapnel injury suffered in Sri Lanka over 10 years ago. At the time she also lost her hearing, but that returned. According to her mother, there were several pieces of shrapnel still lodged in her head.
In spite of the injury and her fears, Ms. Colvin would return to dangerous war zones throughout her career – nothing would deter her from reporting.
She once stated: “the real difficulty is having enough faith in humanity to believe that enough people – be they government, military or the man on the street – will care when your file reaches the printed page, the Web site or the TV screen.”
Also killed was photojournalist Remi Ochlik, 28, a well-known French freelancer, and recipient of the World Press Photo award.
Today, the United Nations released a report based over 300 interviews with victims of Syria’s violence, citing “gross human rights violations” there which reach “the highest levels of the armed forces and governments”. Continued pressure from the United Nations and the Arab League have to date proved fruitless in curtailing the ongoing, senseless violence.