When he arrived, the atmosphere around the relief convoy was one of joy and laughter. Children were gathered around, smiling as they obtained much-needed medical aid and supplies.
It took only a split second for everything to change.
A shell landed near the convoy and the scene turned to terror. A volunteer was killed and numerous children were injured. Many started to scream and cry.
Khablieh captured two photos — both of 4-year-old Ghazal — before and after the bombing. The difference is haunting.
Before the shell lands:
Here’s how Khablieh described it to Reuters:
In this particular photograph, it was the first time I had seen how children’s innocent laughter could turn into screams, fear and tears. Seconds before the strike, the children were looking at me happily, getting ready for a picture. It was a very sad moment when I put my eye to the viewfinder to take pictures of laughing children; then when I looked back after taking the picture, I saw the same children crying, distraught.
It takes only a few seconds for life to turn to ashes and blood.
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