I can say hand on heart I am not an expert on world war zones – sadly humans never look with hindsight on battles and wars and equate a few inches of land gained for a massive loss of blood plus the biggest causalities in war are the innocent – children, mothers and the elderly it is never the warlord or the government minister who suffer……..
I only took note when this very chic woman –with an eye patch Marie Colvin wrote – the power of her words and always putting the underdog’s point of view across with searing insight. She never ambled on about the sizes of the shells etc but wrote about how the people caught up in the hell hole were surviving and foraging not just for food but life - She was committed to reporting on the realities of war, especially the effects on civilians. That was exactly what she was doing in the beleaguered city of Homs Syria at the time of her death.
What struck me most about the comments after her death was her fearlessness and how she used her status as a journalist to not just bring to the human aspect of life these war zones so people like me immersed in cosiness would actually think beyond our own comfort zone but to save lives - It has made me think on how I wish young girls had someone like Marie Colvin as a role model and not some vacuous reality star when life is just one stage managed photo opportunity………
I hope someone comes up with a scholarship in her name to encourage more girls – women to carry on her work.