SYRIA: Injured journalist Edith Bouvier pleas for help facing crisis conditions
(WNN) Homs, SYRIA: Following the untimely death of woman war correspondent Marie Colvin, another woman journalist named Edith Bouvier, a French correspondent working for le Figaro news and other news agencies, has asked for urgent help today to save her life as she lay in an injured state. Her plea was made public through a video placed on YouTube.
The journalist issued her plea from the neighborhood of Baba Amr in the Syrian city of Homs near the Lebanese border, has suffered under increasing violence and mortar fire in the past week. In the face of continued bombing and siege the dead bodies of Marie Colvin, who was sending news to CNN, the BBC and Channel14 as late as February 21, 2012 via satellite phone along an award-winning colleague, French photojournalist Remi Ochlik are currently unable to be delivered back to their families due to the ongoing siege in Syria.
Other journalists who are alive, but in an injured state, are also unable to leave region as the shelling continues and food and medical supplies are in critical shortage. The violence in Homs on Thursday followed the killing of 50+ people (some reports now have the count at 74) from bombs and mortar dropped on buildings in the city.
The building housing the journalists in Homs was a haven for journalists from diverse regions who had come to cover the crisis in Syria.
“I have a broken leg. The femur is broken along its length and laterally too. I need to undergo surgery as soon as possible,” said Bouvier on Thursday as she outlined the dangers for her life.
“The doctors here have treated us as well as they could but they can’t perform surgery. So I need a ceasefire and an ambulance or car in good enough shape to get us out,” continued Bouvier.
In reaction to the crisis France has issued a plea for permissions to enter the region to get injured and dead journalists out of the area. Syrian officials have communicated that they are trying to get the journalists out of the region.
“For humanitarian reasons, and although they entered the country without a permit to go to an area controlled by terrorists, the governor of Homs has been told to exert every effort possible to evacuate the journalists,” said Adnan Mahmum, Syria’s information minister.
Journalist Edith Bouvier and other journalist injured during the mortar attack have received medical triage care from medics working with the Free Syrian Army medical staff; but time is critical to prevent Bouvier and others from infection that may set in from severe wounds that cannot be easily treated under difficult conditions with limited medical supplies and equipment.
“I need to be operated on as soon as possible,” said Bouvier as she spoke on video.
Syrian activist Danny Abdul Dayem shows the severe conditions in Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, Syria, close to the area where journalist Edith Bouvier lay injured. The area has suffered under food shortages and low medical supplies causing critical conditions for people trapped in an extended siege that has been over the city.
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