Saturday 25 November 2017

Marie Colvin’s mother begs to get her body out of Syria

Rosemarie Colvin has pleaded for the body of her daughter to be brought home
Marie Colvin who was killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs
Paul Conroy, a British photographer working for the Sunday Times. Photo: Getty Images
Paul Conroy, wounded Sunday Times photographer trapped in Homs. Photo: PA
Wounded French journalist Edith Bouvier, a French correspondent for Le Figaro is trapped in Homs(AP)

Sam Lister

THE mother of foreign correspondent Marie Colvin killed in Syria vowed today to "sometime, somehow" bring home her daughter's body.

Rosemarie Colvin made an emotional appeal "begging" for help as she told how she could not rest "with my daughter's remains in that country".

And she pleaded for the death of award-winning Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin not to be in vain.

She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I want my daughter back."

Asked if she feared Ms Colvin would be buried in Syria, she replied: "No, I just can't accept that.

"Sometime, somehow we will bring her home. I can't rest myself, I can't have peace in my life with my daughter's remains in that country. I think that mothers listening to me would feel the same way and understand how a mother feels.

"Anyone who can help in any way, I would just beg them to do it."

Ms Colvin, 56, died alongside French photojournalist Remi Ochlik, 28, in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on February 22.

Both were killed when a house where they were staying was shelled by Syrian government forces.

Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy and French reporter Edith Bouvier, of Le Figaro newspaper, were injured in the attack.

Ms Colvin was the only British newspaper reporter in the opposition stronghold of Homs, which has become a symbol of the 11-month uprising against President Bashar Assad.

Syrian activists have accused Mr Assad's forces of deliberately targeting journalists in rocket and shell attacks on the city.

Mrs Colvin said she was "amazed and gratified" by the public support in the wake of her daughter's death.

She added: "I'm going to miss her. I didn't want her to be the cause or the reason but I do wish that her death does mean something and that perhaps it would help to end some of these terrible, terrible things that are happening."

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