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On Wednesday February 22, 2012 American journalist Marie Colvin was killed when Syrian loyalists shelled the press center Colvin was working in. She was 56 years old.
Colvin was a covering the ongoing tensions in Syria for the Sunday Times of London. Reporters were not allowed in the country as a way for the government to control what the outside world was hearing about the violence-taking place in Syria.
According to the New York Post “the army was issued orders to kill any journalist that set foot in Syria.”
Colvin was not the only fatality, French photographer Remi Ochlik was also killed in the bombing. Two other journalists were also injured.
The journalists were reporting from the Syrian city Homs, where a number of brutal assaults were taking place.
One day prior to her death Colvin told the U.K.’s ITN television news “”The Syrians are not allowing civilians to leave. Anyone who gets on the street, if they are not hit by a shell, they are sniped.”
She added There are snipers all around Baba Amr on the high buildings, I think the sickening thing is the complete merciless nature … they are hitting civilian buildings absolutely mercilessly, without caring. The scale of it is just shocking.”
As a war correspondent Colvin was aware that her job came with serious risks. In a 2010 interview Colvin said “Covering a war means going to places torn by chaos, destruction and death…and trying to bear witness.”
In 2001 Colvin was injured in Sri Lanka when a piece of shrapnel hit her in the eye. She became instantly recognizable for the eye patch the injury caused her to wear.
An injured eye was not going to stop Colvin from reporting to the rest of the world the devastation-taking place in war torn countries.
Msnbc.com reports Colvin as saying: “So, was I stupid? Stupid I would feel writing a column about the dinner party I went to last night,” she wrote in the Sunday Times after the attack. “Equally, I’d rather be in that middle ground between a desk job and getting shot, no offense to desk jobs.
The News organization also lists Colvin as “one of the greats.”