Facing a whopping $20,000 bill to recover and transport the body of freelance photographer Ali Mustafa, his grieving family is appealing for donations
Facing a whopping $20,000 bill to recover and transport the body of freelance photographer Ali Mustafa, his grieving family is appealing for donations. Mustafa, a 29-year-old Toronto journalist working in Syria, was killed by Syrian government airstrikes alongside 13 others in the rebel-held area of Aleppo on Sunday.
According to the website soliciting donations, the family has taken out a loan to cover the cost of bringing Mustafa’s body to Toronto, as well as his burial. The money is especially needed, it says, because Mustafa did not have the financial protections of a journalist working for a news organization.
Mustafa’s sister, Justina Rosa Botelho, told The Associated Press shortly after his death that her brother had wanted to document the horrors of the civil war raging in Syria.
“He just wanted the world to know about human rights and all the horrible things going on down there,” Botelho said. “He was passionate for the world to know.”
Donations can be made through York University’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) or by emailing [email protected]