Remembering photographer Anas al-Dyab
Updated 5:17 PM ET, Sun July 21, 2019
Anas al-Dyab, a Syrian photographer and a member of the volunteer search and rescue group known as the White Helmets, died on Sunday. He was 23.
The humanitarian group, officially known as Syria Civil Defense, described al-Dyab as a hero and activist who spent years documenting the horrors Syrians faced at the hands of Bashar al-Assad's regime and Russian forces.
Al-Dyab's photography often captured the destruction and tragedy of war. But it also showed the humanity and courage of the people who lived in its wake.
"Anas was a young man, who was loved by everyone, who had zero enemies, his only goal was to show the world what is truly happening in Syria," said Al-Dyab's friend and colleague Hamid Kutini, a fellow volunteer with the White Helmets.
CNN spoke with al-Dyab earlier this year, after he captured a heartbreaking photo of a 6-year-old girl covered in blood, lying in the rubble of a bombed-out building in Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria, waiting to be rescued. The girl, Hasna'a Qatran, survived. Her siblings did not.
It was in Khan Sheikhoun that al-Dyab died Sunday, the White Helmets said. According to the group, he was killed in a Russian airstrike while documenting the bombardment of the city.