Friday 19 January 2018

Truth is the biggest casualty in untold story of Syria's civil war

Jihadists are encouraging followers to kidnap western journalists who they suspect are spies, writes Barry Andrews

Marie Colvin, who killed near Homs in 2012
Marie Colvin, who killed near Homs in 2012

Barry Andrews

What happens to the character of a humanitarian catastrophe when there are no journalists to bear witness? Although Goal has significant programmes in Syria, none of our international staff have been able to visit there for some months. As a result we have not been able to bring any journalists over either. It has been reported that there are almost no western journalists in rebel-held parts of Syria at the moment.

The reason is fairly understandable.

The other morning I was listening to Sam Dagher, the Wall Street Journal correspondent in Homs. He is staying in the UN hotel and went across the front lines into rebel-held areas with the UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent to cover the delivery of food aid to the besieged parts of the city. The dangers of venturing into the rebel-held areas were clearly demonstrated by the attack on the aid convoy.

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