Tuesday, February 3, marked the first time Andy Carvin allowed himself to watch an ISIS execution video. The intensely disturbing footage, which showed a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, brought back a flood of memories and emotions for the journalist.
“The impact really hit me,” Carvin said. “I had avoided [ISIS videos] up until that point. It didn’t seem worth the burden.”
Carvin, known for his tireless tweeting of the Arab Spring and Syrian Revolution, shared his response to the video on the publishing platform Medium. He penned a nearly 2,700-word post, in which he recalled his 2012 decision to stop actively searching for and sharing graphic material with his Twitter followers.
“I sensed I was burning out, and feared my readers were, too. How many videos of war and suffering can a person handle in a day?” Carvin wrote. Read more