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Injured war photographer from Devon returns to Syria with aid convoy

Paul Conroy returned to the country despite a potential bounty on his head. Photo: ITV West Country

A war photographer who was badly injured in Syria and his partner killed has returned to the region with a convoy of aid.

The Syrian regime is reported to have put a million dollar bounty on Paul Conroy's head because he and journalist Marie Colvin managed to get reports out of the besieged city of Homs.

Paul and his partner Marie risked everything to get this footage out of Syria. Credit: ITV West Country

The rebels thought the world might help if war crimes could be shown.

The short bursts of pictures brought regime bombs down on the transmissions, killing Paul's colleague Marie Colvin.

Marie Colvin was killed in Homs. Credit: ITV News

Paul was badly injured and had to drag himself through a sewer to escape. Now Aleppo is in the same desperate state as Homs.

A people's convoy of aid battled its way on a horrendous journey through blizzards to get to Syria.

The team faced extreme weather on route to Aleppo. Credit: Paul Convoy

The convoy crowdfunding in a fortnight of a quarter of a million pounds. The money will pay for a childrens' hospital to be set up in Turkish occupied Northern Syria.

Paul joined Mark Hannaford from Axminster whose company helped organise logistics. Credit: ITV West Country

Tens of miles of traffic blocked on the road stretching back as far as the eye could see. Visibility at one point was done to just a couple of metres because of the severity of the storm. People who are living outside, trying to survive outside, trying to protect their children and provide for their children. It makes for severely trying situations, it is as extreme as it could be.

– Mark Hannaford
Paul was able to film more of the struggles doctors and their patients are facing. Credit: ITV West Country

Paul's return helped bring publicity. But with a bounty on his head he had to be careful.

He had to book a decoy room when he got close to Syria.

Very often the people behind the desk are being forced to pass on that information so it's not difficult once you arrive in that region to track someone down and my name is a bit, I'm a thorn in the side of the Syrian authorities. The chance of a million dollars made it a concern but it was never going to be enough to stop me going back.

– Paul Conroy

Medical help is desperately needed as all Aleppo's hospitals have been destroyed but they say almost as important is letting the Syrian doctors and people know that we have not forgotten them.

all Aleppo's hospitals have been destroyed. Credit: ITV West Country