"It's absolutely sickening," Marie Colvin told the BBC in one of her last reports from the Syrian city of Homs. Colvin was killed on Wednesday when a barrage of shells hit a house used by journalists and activists. French photojournalist Remi Ochlik was also killed in the attack. In a report from behind the front lines for the BBC, Colvin painted a dire picture of the situation in Homs.
"I watched a little baby die today. Absolutely horrific," Colvin told the BBC in the video above. "This is happening over and over and over." Colvin reported that Homs was under constant attack, with shells hitting the city indiscriminately and the residents prevented from leaving the besieged Baba Amr neighborhood. "It is shelling with impunity and merciless disregard for the civilians who simply cannot escape," she said.
Marie Colvin was in her fifties and was working on assignment for the UK's Sunday Times.
Colvin, from Oyster Bay, New York, had been a foreign correspondent for Britain's Sunday Times for the past two decades, making a specialty of reporting from the world's most dangerous places. She lost the sight in one eye during an ambush in Sri Lanka in 2001 — but promised not to "hang up my flak jacket," and kept reporting on the world's most troubled places.
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, Marie Colvin's last name was misspelled. We regret the error.