Remembering James Foley by ABC Alyssa Newcomb
James Foley was passionate about reporting from conflict zones and finding stories that may have otherwise gone untold.
The missing U.S. journalist, who was apparently beheaded in Syria, tweeted about other journalists who were held captive, while continuing to bring the realities of war-torn regions to the world.
“It’s part of the problem with these conflicts,” Foley said during a forum at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2011. “We’re not close enough to it and if reporters, if we don’t try to get really close to what these guys …we don’t understand the world, essentially.”
Foley began his career as a teacher, working to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth. With an innate curiosity about the world, he made a career shift in 2007 when he enrolled in a graduate program at Medill in Evanston, Illinois.
Foley recalled how he believed conflict reporters had to work for major daily newspapers, but a reporter from the Washington Post told him it was possible to freelance abroad.
“I was pretty much hooked,” Foley said.
After graduating, Foley went to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria as a freelance journalist. As his Twitter bio put it, his travels left him with “a lot of questions, no answers.”As part of a group of concerned journalists, Foley also helped raise money for an ambulance in Aleppo. variety of publications. In one video, he showed the burning, ransacked town of Tawergha, Libya, that more than 30,000 people had once called home.
Foley worked close to the front lines, shooting video and filing articles for a variety of publications. In one video, he showed the burning, ransacked town of Tawergha, Libya, that more than 30,000 people had once called home.
Another video captured the carnage from the Libyan town of Sirte.
Held captive in Libya for 44 days in 2011, Foley, 40, said he relied on prayer during the experience. Two weeks after his release, he spoke to Medill students June 2 about his experience as a conflict reporter.
“When you see something really violent it does a strange thing to you. It doesn’t always repel you. Sometimes, as you know, it draws you closer,” he said. “Feeling like you’ve survived something, you know, it’s a strange sort of force that you are drawn back to. I think that is the absolute reality.”
James Foley Posted This Video On Twitter – Syrians find love in time of war -heartfelt and felt lucky to meet this young couple
While Foley saw violence and bloodshed, he also took time to appreciate moments with civilians caught in a conflict zone. He shared a video of a Syrian couple exchanging vows in Aleppo as bombs dropped in the distance.
James Foley was murdered by the terrorist group (ISIS)
in the Middle East in August 2014
A statement posted on the Free James Foley Facebook page and attributed to Foley’s mother, Diane, said his family has “never been prouder of our son Jim.”
“He gave his life trying to expose the world to suffering of the Syrian people,” the note says. “We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents… We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person.”
Journalists are members of the world family. Killing James Foley is a International Crime of War and the people responsible should be brought to justice. Reporters working in war zones are consider civilians, this international humanitarian law must be respected.
Hero James Foley was very brave. Please pray for his family.
Our thoughts and prayers are also with all remaining (global) hostages and their families during this difficult time.
Please release them immediately.