Syria photographer puts down camera, picks up injured boy

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. The particular photograph cutting through the many images of war coming out of Syria.

He picked up the boy barely breathing.

The Aleppo-based activist-videographer was caught in the middle of a massive suicide attack on a convoy of buses evacuating Syrians from a rebel-held area on April 16. Shortly after the terror attack last week in which 126 people were killed, Habak made a decision to take down his camera and to help evacuate the wounded. 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". When he came to, he began trying to help the wounded.

While searching for his camera, the photographer saw the child lying on the ground and managed to get him to safety.

"The scene was disgusting - especially seeing children wailing and dying in front of you", Habak, also an activist, told CNN.

"So I decided along with my colleagues that we'd put our cameras aside and start rescuing injured people", Habak told CNN.

He checked on a dead child and amid the chaos moved to another apparently lifeless body.

"I wanted to film everything to make sure there was accountability", Alrageb said to CNN, adding that he felt proud to see fellow journalists at the scene helping to save lives.

Then he ran back to scene of the bombing to help others.

There are no reports as yet about the whether or not the child Habak rescued survived.

A war photographer was pictured breaking down in tears after finding a child dead on the ground following the Syrian bus attack. Overwhelmed, Habak collapsed. An image, shot by another photographer, shows him on his knees sobbing near the boy's body.

Habak told his story on CNN, describing the moment when he and his colleagues chose to put their cameras down.

  • Leroy Wright