Imagine yourself working as a photographer in Syria and you are somewhere clicking images of innocent civilians preparing for evacuation towards a safer place and suddenly a bomb rips through a convoy of buses carrying the evacuees. The blast temporarily blacks you out and when you wake up, you find yourself in middle of mass carnage.
What would you pick? Your camera or would you reach to help the kid lying near you who is barely breathing, breathing for life. The people who thought they would be sent to ‘safer’ place and joined the evacuation but most of the were killed, just within a second with a boom, all dead. Try to picture the horrific situation because that is what exactly happened with a Syrian photographer and activist, Abd Alkader Habak.
Habak was on working near Aleppo where convoy of buses carrying evacuees from nearby village had stopped briefly in rebel-held Rashidin in west of Aleppo. A man lured children waiting near the buses with packets of chips and then a bomb was detonated, killing 126 people including 80 children! Habak was present at the site of massacre and he along with his colleagues decided to put down their cameras and started rescuing people.
Abd Alkader Habak said in a media interview, “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.”. Habak ran towards one kid to check pulse but the child was already dead, then he ran towards another child who was barely breathing and picked him up and ran towards ambulance.
The scene showing Habak carrying the injured child was taken by a fellow photographer Muhammad Alrageb and the photo went viral over the internet which canvases a picture of how humanity is still alive. Habak proves to be an epitome of the fact that no matter what happens or how much evil spreads, humanity and benevolence will sustain.
There are many activists and NGOs working to help the Syrians, to free the Syrians and that there is always going to be an oasis in the arid desert which will sustain lives of people even in tough times. And what Abd Alkader Habak and many others are doing is indescribable; I am really out of words.