Syria photographer picks up injured boy instead of taking pictures
18 Apr 2017, 09:02 | updated: 18 Apr 2017, 16:50
Syrian Photographer and activist Abd Alkader Habak was working and was briefly knocked out by the blast on a crowded bus convoy outside Aleppo which left 112 people killed including 70 children.
When he came to the spot for taking photographs, he began trying to help the wounded.
Habak told CNN, an American news network, ‘The scene was horrible —especially seeing children wailing and dying in front of you.’
‘So I decided along with my colleagues that we’d put our cameras aside and start rescuing injured people.’
The first child he checked on was dead.
He ran towards another. Someone shouted at him to stay away—the child was already dead, they said. But he wasn’t. Habak could see the boy was barely breathing.
CNN on its article described, ‘He picked him up and began to run towards safety. His camera was still on, recording the chaos.’
‘This child was firmly holding my hand and looking at me,’ he said.
An image taken by another photographer, Muhammad Alrageb, shows Habak dashing towards an ambulance, the child and his camera in his arms.
Algareb said he also helped some of the injured but then began taking photos.
CNN quotes Algareb saying, ‘I wanted to film everything to make sure there was accountability. Also, he added, ‘I feel proud that there was a young journalist there helping save lives.’
Habak said he left the injured boy, who must have been only 6 or 7, at the ambulance. He doesn’t know if the boy survived.
Then he ran back to scene of the bombing to help others. He came across another child on the ground. This one, too, was dead—one of 68 children killed in the attack, reports CNN.
However, Habak cuts through the grim cacophony of the war in Syria and pierces viewers’ hearts on last week, when a bomb hit the convoy of buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian villages.
Earlier, it happened in 2015 with an image of the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, face down on a beach in Turkey, who drowned in the Mediterranean fleeing the war.
It happened last year when a photographer captured little Omran Daqneesh sitting in an ambulance, his body bloodied and dusty after his home was bombed in Aleppo.