Marie Colvin’s death in Homs, Syria

Posted on February 23, 2012 by Alexandra Avakian

I am utterly sad that my old friend, mentor, and traveling companion of days gone by --- the legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin --- has died under fire in Homs, Syria, while reporting for the Sunday Times of London, her newspaper. I owe her undying gratitude for her influence on my career early on, and our unforgettable times together: especially in Tunis, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Jerusalem and the West Bank. We recently spoke of meeting in Oman soon. I’m so sorry. Love to you Marie. 

Below: please click on Marie's last story, written just before she was killed. Also click on my blog post for Oct. 20, 2011 for a story about me and Marie, flying into Libya on Yasser Arafat’s plane and meeting with Colonel Qaddafi. See also our NYT Mag cover story for that journey, which was our first together.


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