RIP Journalist Marie Colvin, Killed in Syria

Journalist Marie Colvin headshotAward-winning Sunday Times female journalist Marie Colvin was killed in the Syrian city of Homs yesterday when shells hit the house in the Baba Amr district of Homs in which she was staying and she was hit by a rocket attack when she tried to escape. French photographer Remi Ochlik was also killed in the attack.

Colvin was a well-respected American female war reporter known for her bravery and dedication to high-level reporting from inside war-torn and violent areas. I have a massive amount of respect for her work in a male-dominated and highly dangerous field, and am so inspired by the fact that she provided a great service to the world right up until the last days of her life. Marie Colvin’s last report from Homs, in which she describes “shelling with impunity and merciless disregard for the civilians who simply cannot escape” is online on the BBC website.

Listening to it is an eerie reminder of the courage with which she lived and died, and the importance of the world’s attention on the atrocities taking place in Syria. Colvin literally died trying to tell the world the truth about what’s happening there.

And that truth is pretty grim. But the least we can do is pay attention to the story she was murdered trying to tell. Innocent people are being murdered daily in Syria, and most of them are not happening under the watchful eye of the international community, to well-known Western women like Colvin. Yesterday U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he was working urgently to find a special envoy for Syria after Russia signaled it would support such a move, despite having been one of two nations to vote against the assembly resolution and veto Security Council action on Syria (the other was China). Let’s hope this is the first of many urgent and effective interventions conducted by the international community to stop the violence and tragic murders of innocent civilians in Syria.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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