To understand the tragic toll of the civil war in Syria, you need look no further than the city of Homs.
The western Syrian city was held by rebels and under attack by government forces.
Four years ago, on February 22, 2012, American-born reporter Marie Colvin spoke to CNN from Homs, trying to describe her anger at the shelling of civilians in the city:
“There are 28,000 civilians, men, women and children, hiding, being shelled, defenseless.”
“So it’s a complete and utter lie that they’re only going after terrorists. There are rockets, shells, tank shells, anti-aircraft being fired in parallel lines into the city. The Syrian Army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians.”
Shortly after that report, Marie Colvin and a young French photographer were killed when ten rockets blasted into their makeshift media center.