Syrian authorities have accused their opponents of using civilians as human shields. I asked that question to one of the fighters in the city. He rejected the accusation. “When we were protesting peacefully the security attacked us. So we are not to blame for taking up arms. We didn’t bring war to our people… They did,” the fighter who preferred to remain anonymous told me. Out of choice or against their will, communities here are being punished for harbouring the fighters. [Al Jazeera]
WHAT BRAVERY LOOKS and sounds like amid Bashar al-Assad’s assault on the Syrian people.
War correspondents work in the shadows, unknown. They sometimes die that way, too. We wouldn’t know what’s going on in Syria without the courage they have to risk everything to bring the world the story of war crimes playing out in a country in the middle of a violent civil war.