Syrian War Photographer Drops His Camera To Try And Save A Young Boy

A hero emerges as Syria's civil war rages on.

A Syrian war photographer put down his camera and picked up a child after a blast leveled the outskirts of Aleppo on Saturday.

As reported by NBC News, the frantic, heroic moment began when Abd Alkader Habak, a 23-year-old photographer and anti-government activist, was taking photos of a fleet of buses evacuating civilians from Aleppo. Then, a bomb leveled the area, knocking Habak unconscious and killing 126 people.

But in the midst of the wreckage, after he regained consciousness, Habak noticed a child nearby that was still breathing.

"I couldn't believe he was alive," Habak told NBC News. "I put my camera down to help him... He was firmly grasping my hand."



Images of Habak rescuing the child and moments later on his knees in despair next to a child that didn't survive quickly went viral. The blast — which killed 126 people, 68 of whom were children — had thrown him to the ground and knocked him unconscious, according to CNN. 

It's not the first time a photographer has made waves covering Syria. 

Habak's heroism is yet another look into the civil war that has displaced millions and reportedly killed as many as 470,000 people. In 2015, the world grieved over Alan Kurdi, a 2-year-old boy, lying lifeless, facedown on the shores of Turkey after fleeing the war with his family. Then, a photographer gave us a look into the war again in 2016 when the bloodied, dust-covered and visibly shocked face of Omran Daqneesh in the back of an ambulance made the rounds on social media.

"The scene was horrible — especially seeing children wailing and dying in front of you," Habak told CNN. "So I decided along with my colleagues that we'd put our cameras aside and start rescuing injured people."

Cover image via Shutterstock / Fishman64.

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