A photo showing a Syrian boy in Aleppo being rescued after a Russian airstrike will shock you.
The four-year-old boy, known as Omran, is pictured sitting in the back of an ambulance, silent, bloodied and shocked. Video footage after the attack shows the boy wipe his face, before realising he is covered in blood.
Photographer Mahmoud Rislan told The Syria Campaign that he lives just 300 metres from where the attack took place.
The first thing he saw after the attack were three bodies being carried into the ambulance. ‘Those were the neighbours of Omran’s family. The building was totally destroyed -- all six floors were now rubble,’ he said.
Omran was the first survivor from his half destroyed building nearby. ‘I took my camera and started filming. I found it later he was just four year olds,’ Rislan said.
‘The tears started to drop as I took the photo. Its not the first time I’ve cried,’ he explained. ‘I have cried many times while filming traumatised children. I always cry. We war photographers always cry. Last night everyone cried.’
The photographer believes Omran's photo affected so many people because he was silent, ‘he didn’t cry. He didn’t say a work. He was shocked.’
While he's glad his photo has gone viral, he hopes more will do the same. ‘I hope all photos of children and attacks in Syria go viral so the world know what is life like here,' he said.
‘If people knew what it was like maybe the war will stop the bombing will stop.
‘Maybe Omran and my daughter Amal can live normally like all children in the world.’