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Top War Correspondent Killed in Syria

Marie Colvin was one of a handful of reporters on the ground in Homs describing the human cost of bombardment.
By IWPR staff
  • Marie Colvin.
    Marie Colvin.

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Marie Colvin, an inspirational war correspondent, friend and colleague. 

Marie was in Homs reporting on the devastation and human suffering caused by Syrian army shelling of civilian areas. The Baba Amr district had been under sustained bombardment, and early on February 22, the building she was in was hit by a shell. She and French photographer Remi Ochlik died as they tried to get outside.

Two other foreigners – British photographer Paul Conroy and Le Figaro reporter Edith Bouvier – were reportedly injured in the same attack.

“Marie Colvin was – and remains – an inspiration,” said IWPR Executive Director Anthony Borden. “She was always at the frontline, taking extreme risks to understand the story and convey the human costs of war.

“She was a friend to many of us, and a supporter of IWPR, and it is hard to believe that she is gone. We are all gutted.”

Born in the United States, Marie was a long-term correspondent for the Sunday Times, and reported on conflicts in the Balkans, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the Palestinian intifada, and most recently the Arab uprisings of 2011, when she secured the first print interview with an embattled Muammar Gaddafi.