Marie Colvin’s mother remembers her

As tributes to Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times veteran correspondent who was killed in Syria on Feb. 22, continued to pour in, her mother Rosemarie remembered her daughter’s grit and determination.

Talking to The New York Times, Colvin’s mother said that when the phone rang at 5 a.m., “I knew it was something terrible.”

Colvin was supposed to leave Syria, because her editor said it was getting too dangerous but she was determined to finish the story she was working on before leaving. Colvin’s mother wasn’t able to contact her daughter by satellite phone in the last week of her life, and the last time she heard Marie Colvin speak was on a phone interview on CNN, recorded hours before her death.

Rosemarie Colvin recounted how her daughter was wounded in a grenade attack in 2001, while covering a conflict in Sri Lanka, an injury that led to her losing her eye and wearing a distinctive eyepatch.

“If you knew my daughter, it would have been such a waste of words,” said Colvin’s mother about trying to dissuade Colvin from going to conflict zones. “It just wasn’t something that would even be on the plate at all. She was determined, she was passionate about what she did, it was her life. There was no saying ‘Don’t do this.’ This is who she was, absolutely who she was and what she believed in: cover the story, not just have pictures of it, but bring it to life in the deepest way you could.”

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In her last interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Colvin echoed precisely that sentiment, saying, “I feel very strongly that [these images] should be shown. Something like that, I think, is actually stronger for an audience, for someone who is not here, for an audience for which the conflict, any conflict, is very far away. That's the reality. These are 28,000 civilians, men, women and children, hiding, being shelled, defenseless.”

The editor of the Sunday Times, John Witherow, said in a statement yesterday that Colvin was, “driven by a passion to cover wars in the belief that what she did mattered. She believed profoundly that reporting could curtail the excesses of brutal regimes and make the international community take notice. Above all, as we saw in her powerful report last weekend, her thoughts were with the victims of violence,” according to The New Yorker.

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Here is a tribute to Marie Colvin’s reporting from CNN:

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