As a war photographer, Abd Alkader Habak is used to shutting off his natural human instincts to stand among tragedy and  capture still images of devastating times. Although surrounded by dismay , engulfed in cries and screams of agony and pain, his job is not to save. At the end of the day, Habak’s job is only to document the detriments so that we may later reference them in history books or report them on the news.

 But For Habak On This Devastating Day He Couldn’t Sit Back And Watch

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

Unaware Of How Bad It Was, He Ran To Rescue The Young Boy

After hearing his cries and noticing signs that the young boy was struggling to stay alive, he dropped his camera and ran to his side.

Habak’s Job Requires That He Stay Put And Capture The Moment On Film

But his human instinct got the best of him when he realized that he could be the difference between life and death for the suffering child.

The Attack Killed 126 People

Seeking refuge, the convoy of buses was filled with displaced Syrians.

“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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