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“It’s what we do”: inside Marie Colvin’s quest to bear witness

Marie Colvin put everything on the line to report the truth about war— even when there was no way out, says her friend Lyse Doucet

By Lyse Doucet   March 2019

Marie Colvin attends the book launch party for author Janine di Giovanni's new book 'Ghosts by Daylight: A Memoir of War and Love' in 2011. Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

It’s hard to find the exact word for it but journalists know the feeling. That ache in the gut when a major story breaks and you just have to “be there.” Being there was the trademark of the US war correspondent Marie Colvin. For her it was about bearing witness to war, always for longer than anyone else,…

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