The Syrian photographer who moved us all after evacuating wounded children

As the bloody Syrian Civil War wages on for its seventh year, a Syrian photographer could not stand by idly as children were massacred and therefore, he decided to do something. Shortly after the terror attack last week in which 126 people were killed, Habak decided to take down his camera and to help evacuate the wounded.
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When a car bomb struck a convoy of buses evacuating civilians from Aleppo, which resulted in the massacre of 126 people, photographer Abdul al-Kader Habak could not stand by idly. “The scenes were terrible especially seeing children wailing and dying in front of you,” he told CNN. “So I decided along with my colleagues to put our cameras aside and to start rescuing injured people.”

Among the many children who were killed in the explosion, Habak saw a bleeding child who needed help: “This child was firmly holding my hand and looking at me.” For this reason, he picked him up and brought him to an ambulance. He related that the ambulance evacuated him to one of the hospitals in a rebel controlled area.

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A nearby photographer named Mohammed al-Rageb managed to document Habak evacuating the wounded child. He stated that he also helped to evacuate the injured but then started to take pictures: “I wanted to film everything in order to make sure there was accountability. I feel proud that there was a young journalist there helping to save lives.”

At some point, Habak had difficulty dealing with what he saw. He fell to his knees and wept beside the body of a little boy: “I was overcome with emotion. What my colleagues and I witnessed is indescribable.”



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