Debunking the MSM myths on the role of independent journalism in revealing the truth of conflict in Syria.
I don’t often write here in recent times but I consider this piece by Canadian independent journalist Eva Bartlett to be important enough to be given the widest audience (such as it is) that I can muster. So, I am reblogging this post from Eva’s own blog ‘In Gaza’, and I will also share it on Facebook.
Let me just say that I greatly admire the courage and tenacity with which this young woman conducts her life and work. Thank you, Eva.
*In the old city of Homs, June 2014, speaking with Zeinat and Aymen al-Akhras who endured years of hell under the rule of militant factions. In May 2014, an agreement saw the reportedly 1,200 militants bussed out of Homs (as recently happened in Aleppo), bringing peace to the neighbourhoods they’d occupied and terrorized. Excerpt from my article on this visit and interviewing residents of the old city of Homs: “I dropped to 34 kilos. Aymen told me to weigh myself. I got on the scale and said, ‘What’s 34 kilos?’. A ten-year-old weighs more than that! And Aymen was 43 kilos. For a man, 43 kilos…”
“We were twelve siblings with eight houses in the area, and the family house. We all had stores of food.”
“Thirty-eight times they came to steal our food. The first couple of times, they knocked on the door, after that they just entered…
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