Photographer Who Took Viral Picture Of Bombed Syrian Boy Reveals Harrowing Story Behind Tragic PhotoBy cheatmaster 04:52 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 Comments
Mahmoud Raslan. the photographer behind the iconic image of a dazed four-year-old pulled from the rubble from an airstrike has said he was reduced to tears at the sight of the little boy.
He said: "The tears started to drop as I took the photo. It's is not the first time I’ve cried. I have cried many times while filming traumatised children. I always cry. We war photographers always cry. Last night everyone cried.
"Omran’s affected me because he was silent. He didn’t cry. He didn’t say a word. He was shocked."
A father of a baby girl himself, Raslan said the expression of the little boy hit him hard.
In a Facebook post shared by The Syria Campaign, he said:
"I thought of my 7 days old baby girl. I thought to myself it could be her. It could be any child in Aleppo or Syria."
Mahmoud, a war photographer said he was devastated to see saw bodies pulled from the rubble in the aftermath of the Russian airstrike that destroyed homes in Syria.
In a harrowing description of the attack, Rislan said he first knew of the attack after hearing explosions.
"I live just 300 metres from the attack. Just after 7PM following the evening prayers we heard the explosions. I rushed there with other three media activists.
"The first thing I saw was three bodies on the ground being carried into an ambulance. Those were the neighbours of Omran’s family. The building was totally destroyed -- all six floors were now rubble.
"Then I looked up to see another building half destroyed -- Omran’s house. The White Helmet rescue workers climbed the stairs of a building nearby by as the stairs at Omran’s house were destroyed. I joined into to help."
So heartbreaking... when elephants fight, it is the defenceless grass, like little Omran who suffer the most
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