British photographer returns to Aleppo with people’s aids convoy

Paul Conroy, war photographer and filmmaker, talks to the media ahead of the ‘People’s Convoy’ departure at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for Syria (Photo: PA)

A war photographer who survived a deadly blast in Syria has joined a convoy taking London doctors to the embattled country.

It is the first time Paul Conroy has returned to Syria since he was injured in an attack that killed journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in 2012.

The People’s Convoy has raised more than £155,000 to build a new children’s hospital near Aleppo.

It is to replace one which was bombed in November.

Mr Conroy said the journey back was his first opportunity to show solidarity and remind the Syrian people they were not forgotten.

“A few years ago I was in Homs lying in the rubble next to my dead partner Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik.

“We were taken to a hospital field clinic and the treatment I had – I had a toothbrush, a bottle of iodine and an office stapler to put my leg back together.

“That hasn’t changed. Doctors and medics are some of the most hunted people in Syria.”

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