Photographer puts down camera to help injured Syrian children

This is the heartbreaking moment a photographer put down his camera in a desperate attempt to rescue children injured in Syria.

Abd Alkader Habak was working in the war-torn country when he was knocked out by the devastating bus bomb that killed 126 evacuees – including 80 children – from besieged villages.

But rather than pick up his camera to capture the devastation all around him, he decided to simply help the dying and injured.

The bomb killed people evacuating from besieged villages in Syria (PA)
The bomb killed people evacuating from besieged villages in Syria (PA)

Pictures from the scene show Habak running as he carries one injured child – who had been presumed dead – away from the blast.

Habak told CNN: ”This child was firmly holding my hand and looking at me.”

Other photographs show him on his knees as he weeps next to the body of another victim.

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Habak added: “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.”

Fellow photographer documented the moment Habak rushed in to help and explained that he kept his camera rolling to “make sure there was accountability”.

The injured boy, who was around seven-years-old, was left with paramedics but Habak does not know whether he survived his injuries.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but a man reportedly deliberately enticed children to come closer to the vehicle that blew up by hiding out crisps and sweets.

Top pic: Aleppo Media Centre