Syria photographer puts down camera, picks up injured boy

The photographer said the scene of injured children calling and crying out was "horrible". Habak, after rescuing another child, collapses.

Habak has no idea whether the injured child survived. In a set of viral photographs and videos, Habak is seen carrying an injured boy and then breaking down, next to what seems like a charred hand.

Every day, we see images of dead bodies, including those of children, on television broadcasted from the war-ravaged Syria to our drawing rooms.

Recently the images of Syrian photo-journalist and social activist Abd Alkader Habak who is now reporting from ground zero have gone viral for reasons that are heartrending.

On Saturday, at least 126 people including 68 children were killed in the suicide auto bomb that rocked buses in Fuaa and Kafraya villages of northern Syria.

A wounded Syrian, evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya, is carried into a field near the site of a suicide auto bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, on April 15, 2017. "So I decided along with my colleagues to put our cameras aside and to start rescuing injured people". Remembering the incident he said,"The child was firmly holding my hand and looking at me.However, Habak is still unsure about whether the boy will live as the injuries were severe".

So I picked him up and started to run towards the ambulance.

Another photographer, Muhammad Alrageb, captured Habak as he raced towards the rescue vehicle. The attack took rebel-held Rashidin, west of Aleppo in Syria. Also, he added, "I feel proud that there was a young journalist there helping save lives". He then ran back to the scene to assist more people.

According to Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the bomb attack targeting a convoy of evacuees from Syria's al-Foua and Kefraya last Saturday, led to the death of at least 126 people, including more than 60 children.

"I was overcome with emotion", he told CNN, trying to explain the scene. He sat by the body of the little boy and sobbed.

Vanessa Coleman

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