It occurred in 2015 with a picture of the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi, face down on a seaside in Turkey, who drowned within the Mediterranean fleeing the battle.
And it occurred once more final weekend, when a bomb hit a convoy of buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian villages, killing 126 individuals.
Photographer and activist Abd Alkader Habak was there working and was briefly knocked out by the blast. When he got here to, he started attempting to assist the wounded.
“The scene was horrible — particularly seeing kids wailing and dying in entrance of you,” Habak instructed CNN. “So I made a decision together with my colleagues that we would put our cameras apart and begin rescuing injured individuals.”
The primary youngster he checked on was lifeless.
He ran in direction of one other. Somebody shouted at him to remain away — the kid was already lifeless, they stated.
However he wasn’t. Habak may see the boy was barely respiration.
He picked him up and commenced to run in direction of security. His digicam was nonetheless on, recording the chaos.
“This youngster was firmly holding my hand and taking a look at me,” he stated.
A picture taken by one other photographer, Muhammad Alrageb, exhibits Habak dashing in direction of an ambulance, the kid and his digicam in his arms.
Algareb stated he additionally helped a few of the injured however then started taking photographs.
“I wished to movie all the things to ensure there was accountability,” he stated. Additionally, he added, “I really feel proud that there was a younger journalist there serving to save lives.”
Habak stated he left the injured boy, who should have been solely 6 or 7, on the ambulance. He would not know if the boy survived.
Then he ran again to scene of the bombing to assist others. He got here throughout one other youngster on the bottom. This one, too, was lifeless — one in every of 68 kids killed within the assault.
Overwhelmed, Habak collapsed.
A picture, shot by one other photographer, exhibits him on his knees sobbing close to the boy’s physique.
“I used to be overcome with emotion,” he instructed CNN. “What I and my colleagues witnessed is indescribable.”