Habak told CNN that, “The scene was horrible – especially seeing children wailing and dying in front of you.”
Heartrending images of a Syrian photographer Abd Alkader Habak helping a wounded boy are widely being shared on social media. The photographer, identified as Abd Alkader Habak, was seen leaving behind his camera to help a boy wounded in a bomb blast. After carrying the boy to safety, he breaks down in tears seeing the condition of the boy, who is presumably dead.
— Aisyah Gozali (@Aisyah_Gozali) April 16, 2017
Habak told CNN that,
“The scene was horrible – especially seeing children wailing and dying in front of you. So I decided along with my colleagues that we’d put our cameras aside and start rescuing injured people.”
“This child was firmly holding my hand and looking at me,” Habak said.
“I wanted to film everything to make sure there was accountability. I feel proud that there was a young journalist there helping save lives, ” he added.
— Ala’a Shehabi (@alaashehabi) April 15, 2017
Habak said that he was not sure whether the boy survived as he handed him over to emergency services and went back to the blast site.
According to a AFP report, last week, nearly 70 children were among 126 people killed in a suicide bombing when a car bomb tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria. “At least 68 children were among those killed in the attack,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Maysa al-Aswad, evacuee from Kafraya who was sitting with her six-month-old son, said,
“Hadi was on my lap and Narjis on a chair next to me. When the explosion happened I hugged them both and we fell to the floor. I didn’t know what was happening, all I could hear was people crying and shouting. All I can think about is how we survived all the death during the last few years and then could have died just after we finally escaped.”