Last January, ABC News profiled a family trapped inside Madaya, communicating with a mother of five through texts and phone conversations to capture her everyday life in a town besieged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ABC News posted daily updates from the mother as she was reduced to breaking apart their furniture for firewood and boiling leaves for food. She and her family have been trapped there for more than 14 months as many in the town starve to death in what has become an open-air prison.
ABC News and Marvel have used the woman’s words to create an original digital comic book and produce a graphic documentary. ABC News says it has concealed the identity of the family for their own protection.
“(The mother) agreed to speak with ABC because she wanted her story – and the story of her neighbors — to be known; however, with no visuals coming out of Madaya, our team spent a considerable amount of time imagining the ways we could illustrate her powerful journey,” ABC News Digital EP Dan Silver said, adding that “our colleagues at Marvel … bring this story to life in a truly unique and expressive way.”
“This meticulously researched collaboration between ABC and Marvel goes where cameras can’t and provides visuals to the true story of Madaya Mom — a story that needs to be seen and told,” added Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.