Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times war correspondent, has been killed in Homs, Syria, it has been confirmed today (February 22, 2012). The French photo journalist Remi Ochlik was also killed in the same incident, according to the French government. A report from AFP has confirmed that Colvin has died but has not released the full details of the incident. However, BBC News suggests that their makeshift media centre in the Baba Amr was hit by shells and then rockets hit the gardens of the building, as its inhabitants tried to flee. Two other foreign journalists are said to have been injured in the attack.
Here is Remi Ochlik's work [link]
Marie Colvin worked for the Sunday Times as a foreign correspondent for over twenty years. She wore a distinctive eye patch as a result of being hit by shrapnel in 2001, when she was reporting from Sri Lanka. The Sunday Times editor John Witherow has released a statement, saying "Marie was an extraordinary figure in the life of the Sunday Times, driven by a passion to cover wars in the belief that what she did mattered. She believed profoundly that reporting could curtail the excesses of brutal regimes and make the international community take notice."
The Sunday Times are said to be trying to recover Marie Colvin's body from Syria and also to ensure that the freelance photographer Paul Conroy - who was injured in the attack - reaches safety as soon as possible. The Red Cross has appealed to both the Syrian government and rebel forces for a daily ceasefire, to allow medical supplies to reach civilians. Neither party has shown signs of entering into this agreement. (Sunday Times)
Last night, on BBC TVs "Newsnight" Marie Colvin talked of the shelling they were enduring, how, in a make-shit clinic, she watched a baby die. "His little tummy heaving & heaving...'till he died."
The world has lost a Great Journalist, along with a fine Photojournalist in Remi Ochlik. Now the proof that there's indiscriminate shelling by the Syrian Government is there for All to See. This has to STOP, and the regime to STAND DOWN.
So far, alll we've heard from the UN and its members is a load of Hot Air. Serious action MUST be taken. Please contact your National Governments, and Demand action.Create your own visitor map!
Love & Blessings to Diana
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