Posts Tagged ‘Marie Colvin’

If you have seen the 2003 Irish film, Veronica Guerin, you are aware of the dangers  journalists face operating within conflict zones.

Two years ago I read what was to be Marie Colvin’s final tweet.  She was one of very few western journalists in Homs, Syria during the February 2012 siege.  She tweeted that night that she had seen a baby die that day.  The next morning she, herself, was dead.  She had lost an eye covering a conflict in Sri Lanka in 2001.  This time she lost her life.

Only weeks ago, in Afghanistan,   Associated Press reporters Kathy Gannon and Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer were attacked.  Gannon was wounded, Niedringhaus was killed.

Today comes the sad news that yet another courageous young woman journalist has been murdered in the field.  This time it is French photojournalist Camille Lepage who has been cut down while covering fighting in the Central African Republic.

These women were passionate about what they did and worked without widespread renown, but their courage and dedication were boundless.  We regret these losses, offer condolences to their loved ones, and celebrate them and all of their cohorts for their steadfast reporting in  difficult and deadly locations and situations.

Camille Lepage was only 26 years old.  May she rest in peace.  May they all.  That includes David Bloom, who was not murdered but died valiantly covering war thoroughly and with great gusto while embedded in Iraq.  Bless them all!.

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This is a “must read.”  Tina Brown has penned a masterpiece here. From Hillary Clinton, to Aung San Suu Kyi, to Marie Colvin, these are the women of history as we witness it being made today, they, and those more obscure to us upon whom Tina shines a spotlight in her annual Women in the World event.  Thank you, Tina, for this great post and for bringing our sisters in the battles to our attention every year!

In Newsweek Magazine

Symbols and Strength: Women in the World


Tina Brown

When Hillary Clinton travels around the world as secretary of state, she is a global celebrity of the first rank. But that’s not how she felt when she went to Burma for the first time in 2011 to meet with the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi. One of the greatest living human-rights campaigners, Suu Kyi had chosen to endure—for the sake of the Burmese people—the daily threat of death and 15 years of house arrest, cut off from her husband and children. “It was, ‘Oh, my God, I cannot believe I am with Aung San Suu Kyi,” Ambassador Melanne Verveer told me of Clinton’s emotion on her two-hour talk with Suu Kyi in the house of her long captivity.


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Discourseincsharpminor  mentioned that she was working on a post about Marie Colvin.  I asked her to share it with us when it was completed because,  from what she said,  it seemed that her tribute would share a perspective readers here would appreciate.  I remember this series that Discourse put up last March for Women’s History Month.  Her testimonial to Marie Colvin refers to one of those entries.

The Death of Marie Colvin

23 02 2012

A little less than a year ago I wrote about a number of women whom I admired over the course of March (Women’s History Month). Two days ago, one of them, Marie Colvin was killed in Syria where she was covering the government-mandated slaughter currently taking place there. This is what I wrote about her in 2011. The whole post is here, if you’re interested.

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Thank you so much, Discourse, for sharing your thoughts with us.

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I have no words.  Yesterday I was on Twitter and retweeted  what she had tweeted.

BBC News (World) @BBCWorld

“I saw a baby die today” – British journalist Marie Colvin on life in #Homs, #Syria bbc.in/AdUvry

Retweeted by Still4Hill

I felt so awful for that baby and for her.  When I woke up this morning, the first thing I heard (before looking) from the TV was that Marie herself  had died – had been killed.  That had been her final tweet.   You know how, when you lose someone, your arms, your whole body,   just go limp?  That happened to me about her.

My God!  She was simply fearless!  The courage!  She wanted to bring these stories home to us, and she did so risking everything.  The risk caught up with her this morning.

We will never forget your hunger to report, Marie.  We will always appreciate the way you put the story of the people before your own safety.  You are a hero.  We will always remember you, your mission, and your sacrifice.

Thank you for your dedication and service.  You have left us much too soon,  but you gave.   You gave so much!

Sunday Times
journalist Marie
Colvin killed in Syria

Reporter & French photographer

Last Updated: 23rd February 2012

AWARD-winning Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin has been killed in Syria’s besieged rebel city of Homs.

Ms Colvin was one of two Western journalists who died after shells hit the house where they were sheltering.

The world-renowned foreign correspondent and French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, were reportedly hit as they tried to flee.

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Here is her Wikipedia entry.

As we enter Womens’ s History Month shortly, I would remind young students in Women’s Studies Classes that history is what happened yesterday.  I know how many of you revisit the outstanding Mirabal sisters about whom I posted years ago.  Every year, at this time, so many of you go to that page.  But Marie Colvin is also a part of our history,  and what happened yesterday will live in my memory until I die.  She was yet another s/hero, as some like to put it.  Me?  I just call her a hero.  Intractable!   She stayed, having been called home, for that last story.  As it turned out, it was, truly,  her last,  but she gave her best.  Love you, Marie!  Rest in Peace.  You were always an angel for the people.

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