A young photographer, Rémi Ochlik, a Sunday Times journalist, Marie Colvin, and a Syrian citizen journalist, Rami al-Sayed, have been killed in shelling in the city of Homs, Syria, today. A witness told Reuters that a shell hit the house in which Ochlik and Colvin were staying in the city’s Bab Amro district. Al-Sayed was killed in the same shelling.
Ochlik was a young photojournalist, but had covered an incredible amount of the revolutions of the past year, photographing Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and finally Syria. Colvin, an American, was a respected veteran journalist, who has been in the business for decades. She was noted for her reporting for Sri Lanka, where she was injured and since had worn an eyepatch. Just yesterday she reported in a video for the BBC, in which she discussed the horrors of what she was seeing. Al-Sayed was a noted citizen journalist who ran a live stream of the Homs bombardment relied upon by mainstream media outlets. Read activist Shakeeb al-Jabri’s tribute to him.
Photo of Marie Colvin via Getty Images. Photo of Rémi Ochlik via IP3 Press. Photo of Al-Sayed and his daughter Maryam from @NMSyria.
[Huffington Post; Le Monde; Reuters; NPR; Lede Blog]
This is heartbreaking and unfortunate. What comes to mind now is, knowing the three faces and the history of these people that have died needlessly, will we start caring about Syria? The UN estimates, estimates, over 5,000 people have died in Syria. Five thousand faces and stories just like this, gone unheard, unseen, unacknowledged. Let us honor the courage of these brave people, and respect what they were trying to do by listening to the cries from Syria. The ones we can still reach.
"The Syrian community’s mobilisation in Spain is just another sign that the movement that started in Tunisia has become global and affects citizens as a whole. Citizens continue to lose their fear and question official discourses, both within their own countries and abroad."