The deaths of Hondros and Hetherington so profoundly troubled Carolyn Cole, the Los Angeles Times' stalwart chronicler of danger zones, that she left an assignment and returned home to New York.
Cole recalled that it was Hondros who helped her find her way to the front line in Liberia in 2003. She would win a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for her pictures of the civil war. Hondros would be a runner-up for spot news. More importantly, they helped bring world attention to an ugly conflict that had gotten little notice in the West. The two worked together many times after that.
Even before the deaths, Cole had begun to recalibrate. She doesn't plan to be at the point of the attack, as she has many times over the last dozen years. She will not embed with military units anymore, she said, because "you are taking the position that would otherwise be a soldier carrying a gun, so you are endangering the soldiers around you."
She has no plan to step away from the trouble zones entirely. Speaking for many of her colleagues, she said: "There are still important stories to be told of the human toll inflicted by war."