Covering of war fronts is always a very dangerous task. Many journalists and photographers have died trying to cover such stories of human tragedy.
The latest casualty is a Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli who had documented countless scenes of trauma and destruction, even as the conflict was largely ignored by the outside world. His articles, on homes demolished by airstrikes or hospitals deprived of medicine, were published in American and British media.
On Sunday, while on assignment for Voice of America, Mr. Mojalli traveled with colleagues outside the capital, Sana, to find witnesses to airstrikes that had killed at least 15 civilians last week. But when they arrived, warplanes with the Saudi-led military coalition began circling overhead, according to Abdulbari al-Sumaei, Mr. Mojalli’s driver.
A bomb landed near Mr. Mojalli, spraying shrapnel into his stomach, neck and face, Mr. Sumaei said. After wrapping his wounds with a scarf, Mr. Mojalli’s colleagues tried to get him medical attention, passing poorly stocked clinics that were unable to treat him, until they finally reached a hospital back in Sana. By then, Mr. Mojalli was dead.
He had been among the dwindling number of journalists reporting on a conflict in urgent need of witnesses. Nearly a year after the war began between Houthi rebels and forces allied with the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, more than 80 percent of the country needs some form of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations.
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