This Photographer Put Aside His Camera To Assist Victims Of A Horrific Syrian Bombing
Syrian photographer Abd Alkader Habak was so close to a bombing that he was briefly knocked out by it. When he woke up to carnage, he put his camera aside and immediately started trying to save wounded children. Find out more here.
Abd Alkader Habak and his colleagues were so close to a bus convoy that was bombed while carrying refugees away from their besieged villages that he was momentarily knocked out by the blast. But when he came to, the carnage around him, which he ordinarily would have begun taking pictures of, was so overwhelming that instead, he and his fellow journalists rushed to begin assisting the wounded.
After finding the first several young boys he tried to help dead, Habak finally found one still barely breathing and carried him, running, to an ambulance. The moment was captured by another member of his team.
When later asked about the attack which killed 126 people, 68 of which were children, Habak said:
The scene was horrible -- especially seeing children wailing and dying in front of you. I was overcome with emotion. What I and my colleagues witnessed is indescribable.
Habak does not know whether the child he got to the ambulances lived or died. If you'd like to donate to an organization that helps rescue Syrians in war zones, The White Helmets are a good place to start. If you have any words of encouragement for the people of Syria, feel free to post them in the comments below, and share their story with your friends.