Courageous photographer stops shooting to rescue seriously injured boy after massive blast in Syria

After a massive explosion rocked a convoy of busses filled with evacuees in Syria, this war photographer decided not to shoot, but desperately sought to save the dying and injured instead. Another photographer caught the man rescuing a seriously wounded boy on film. Here is the man’s courageous story.

Upon seeing the devastation and chaos around them—people scrambling to rescue the dying and injured, family members screaming, unable to find their loved ones—war photographer Abd Alkader Habak and his colleagues decided to forego their reporting, and help in the saving of lives.

Habak discovered an injured boy—bleeding, but still breathing—grabbed him, and ran desperately to get the boy to an ambulance. This moving scene was captured by another photographer, and then posted by CNN.

Please be advised, some of this imagery is graphic.

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“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.”

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The explosion, which had briefly knocked Habak out cold reportedly killed at least 126 people.

Habak told CNN that he does not know whether or not the boy survived, but that he was still moving when he was in the ambulance.

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Another shot caught Habak on his knees crying uncontrollably next to another young body.

“I was overcome with emotion,” he said “What I and my colleagues witnessed is indescribable.”

As human beings, we feel it when others are in desperate need, and sometimes something inside us takes over. We are compelled by humanity—something that flows through each person’s heart—to be courageous, and to do everything possible to protect all life.

Here is the CCN video below. Please be advised, this footage is graphic:

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