A photographer in Syria put down his camera and picked up a wounded boy after bombing


Picture the moment: You are a photographer working in Syria when a bomb rips through a convoy of busses carrying refugees to safety from towns besieged by civil war.

The blast renders you temporarily unconscious, and when you wake up, the scene is carnage. Your decision is immediate, and instead of reaching for your camera, you reach over to take the pulse of a child lying nearby.

The child is dead. You find another child, barely breathing, and you pick him up. You run.

This was the moment captured by Muhammad Alrageb, another photographer who was on the scene last Saturday during the bomb blast that killed at least 126 Syrian evacuees, most of who were fleeing the al-Foua and Kefraya villages in the Idlib province, Reutersreported.

Alrageb's photo, which shows his fellow photographer Abd Alkader Habak rushing a wounded child to safety, will join the ranks of other iconic images that have managed to capture the stark atrocities of the Syrian civil war.

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ALEPPO, SYRIA - APRIL 15: A damaged bus is seen after bomb-laden vehicle attack held to a convoy, carrying Syrian civilians and opponent forces members those were evacuated from al-Fu'ah and Kefriya districts of Idlib, after they arrived in Rashideen neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on April 15, 2017. (Photo by Mahmud Faisal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken on April 15, 2017, shows rebel fighters standing next to a damaged bus following a suicide car bombing in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, that targeted buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya. At least 40 people were killed in a suicide car bombing near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour (Photo credit should read OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on April 15, 2017, shows smoke billowing following a suicide car bombing in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, that targeted buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya. At least 40 people were killed in a suicide car bombing near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / Ibrahim YASOUF (Photo credit should read IBRAHIM YASOUF/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on April 15, 2017, shows smoke billowing following a suicide car bombing in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, that targeted buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya. At least 40 people were killed in a suicide car bombing near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / Ibrahim YASOUF (Photo credit should read IBRAHIM YASOUF/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrians, evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya, flee into a field near the site of a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, on April 15, 2017. At least 40 people were killed in a suicide car bombing near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour (Photo credit should read OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A wounded Syrian, evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya, is carried into a field near the site of a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, on April 15, 2017. At least 40 people were killed in a suicide car bombing near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour (Photo credit should read OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrians, evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya, flee into a field near the site of a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, on April 15, 2017. At least 40 people were killed in a suicide car bombing near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour (Photo credit should read OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - APRIL 15: A damaged bus is seen after bomb-laden vehicle attack held to a convoy, carrying Syrian civilians and opponent forces members those were evacuated from al-Fu'ah and Kefriya districts of Idlib, after they arrived in Rashideen neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on April 15, 2017. (Photo by Mahmud Faisal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - APRIL 15: A wreckage of a bus is seen after bomb-laden vehicle attack held to a convoy, carrying Syrian civilians and opponent forces members those were evacuated from al-Fu'ah and Kefriya districts of Idlib, after they arrived in Rashideen neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on April 15, 2017. (Photo by Aref Watad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Syrian Red Crescent ambulances, carrying civilians wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, as they were being evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya during an evacuation deal between the regime and rebels, drive towards hospitals in the government-held part of Aleppo on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - APRIL 15 An internal view of a damaged bus is seen after bomb-laden vehicle attack held to a convoy, carrying Syrian civilians and opponent forces members those were evacuated from al-Fu'ah and Kefriya districts of Idlib, after they arrived in Rashideen neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on April 15, 2017. (Photo by Ibrahim Ebu Leys/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Syrian children, wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, as they were being evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya during an evacuation deal between the regime and rebels, receive treatment at a hospital in the government-held part of Aleppo on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian child, wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, as they were being evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya during an evacuation deal between the regime and rebels, receives treatment at a hospital in the government-held part of Aleppo on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian child, wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, as they were being evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya during an evacuation deal between the regime and rebels, receives treatment at a hospital in the government-held part of Aleppo on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian children, wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, as they were being evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya during an evacuation deal between the regime and rebels, receive treatment at a hospital in the government-held part of Aleppo on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian boy, wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, as they were being evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya during an evacuation deal between the regime and rebels, receives treatment at a hospital in the government-held part of Aleppo on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian child, wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, as they were being evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya during an evacuation deal between the regime and rebels, receives treatment at a hospital in the government-held part of Aleppo on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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In an interview with CNN, Habak said that he left the young victim with medics, but wasn't sure whether or not the boy survived.

According to Reuters, more than 60 children were killed in Saturday's deadly blast, a grim statistic that reflects the disproportionate amount of trauma that Syrian children have suffered throughout over six years of bloody conflict in the country.

According to CNN, Habak eventually rushed back into the fray, only to find the body of another dead child. A subsequent photo shows the moment he dropped to his knees, overcome with emotion, and wept.

"I was overcome with emotion," he told CNN. "What I and my colleagues witnessed is indescribable."

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