Reporter’s Reflections: “I Almost Died in Syria”
April 9, 2013, 9:41 pm ET
FRONTLINE filmmaker Olly Lambert has a decade of experience documenting life in conflict zones. But when he crossed into Syria, he had no idea how close he would come to dying.
In an essay for Salon, he writes powerfully about the five weeks he spent living and filming on both sides of Syria’s war, and his close encounters on the frontlines of the country’s dangerous civil war.
“Nothing could have prepared me for the imperial-scale level of violence that I witnessed there,” writes Lambert. “It was totally unprecedented in my experience. And it’s only now, reading journals and looking back at footage, that some of it is even becoming real.”
When Lambert sat to interview Jamal Maarouf, a Syrian rebel commander, he didn’t anticipate that bombs from government jets would begin to fall just 300 meters away. He describes the scenes he witnessed and his own inner turmoil as he documented the aftermath of the strikes.
You can read his full essay here.
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