Tim Hetherington dead at 41Posted: April 20, 2011
RIP: 41-year-old British-born filmmaker and photojournalist Tim Hetherington, co-director of the Oscar-nominated Afghanistan war documentary Restrepo, was killed today when an RPG struck a group of journalists in the Libyan city of Misrata.
Three others were also injured in the attack: Pulitzer Prize-nominated Getty photographer Chris Hondros, Panos Agency photographer Guy Martin — both of whom are said to be in serious condition — and freelancer Michael Brown, who was slightly wounded.
In his final tweet, posted just hours before the attack, Hetherington wrote: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”
(Above: Tim Hetherington (right), alongside fellow Restrepo director Sebastian Junger.)
Its a sad and sobering story that reminds us what is happening in Libya right now. What many have been calling “half assed” warfare from NATO forces has left many Libyans and international reporters open to the indiscriminate murder that was promised by Qadaffi. My thoughts go out to Tim who was considered one of the best and bravest in his field.
But the question in my mind remains the same. In an Arab world that does not want us there but also requests massive aid, how do you involve a military already spread extremely thin?