On Sunday (March 21), the renowned CNN photojournalist Margaret Moth who had been shot in the face in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the wars in the beginning of 90s was pronounced dead at 59.
According to CNN spokesman Nigel Pritchard, Moth passed away in a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. A CNN source says that she had been diagnosed with colon cancer three years ago.
In 1992, In July 1992, Moth was shot and severely wounded after hitting a CNN van while filming in Sniper Alley in Sarajevo. She revived after undergoing several reconstructive surgeries. However, Moth was left with permanent damage to her face and voice. A documentary on Moth’s life stated that she backed to Sarajevo in 1994 joking that she was going back to look for her missing teeth. The shot shattered her jaw, blew out her teeth and a part of her tongue.
Margaret Moth was born in 1951 in Gisborne, New Zealand as Margaret Wilson. She changed her name to Margaret Gipsy Moth reportedly because of her love for parachuting from Tiger Moth airplanes and her desire to have her "own" name as she said in her 2009 CNN documentary “Fearless: the Margaret Moth Story”.
Moth said that she possessed her first camera at the age of 8. She moved to the United States and worked for KHOU in Houston, Texas, for about seven years before moving to CNN in 1990.
According to her colleagues, they were attracted by Moth’s toughness, humor and quirky style. CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour said that Moth never looked back but to do the job the max in a brilliant way and on her terms.
Moth devoted in the Israeli invasion of the West Bank in 2002, the rioting that followed Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984 and other conflicts around the world, including several in the Middle East.
The renowned camerawoman said that she was angry when someone said she wanted to die because of her decision to work in combat zones.
Though she herself knew that her cancer could not be treated, Moth said in her documentary that she felt that could die with dignity.