A teenage photographer was killed in Syria this week, and here are his final photos

Molhem Barakat was a freelance photographer for Reuters who covered the civil war in Syria. This Friday, he was killed in a battle between rebels and government forces for control of a hospital.

Although there’s a slight discrepancy about his age, some have confirmed that Barakat was only 17 years-old. His photos of the conflict appeared in publications around the world, and they show a powerful and transcendent eye into a war that has killed more than 100,000 people. Also notable are his images of child soldiers.

Below are some of his more recent images, taken shortly before he was killed. (h/t: BuzzFeed)


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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a position in Aleppo’s Sheikh Saeed neighborhood.

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Hasan (right), an 11-year-old fighter in the FSA, distributes tea to his fellow fighters at Aleppo’s Karm al-Jabal district.

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Another photo of Hasan, this time feeding a cat along a street in Aleppo’s Karm al-Jabal district on Dec. 7.

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Mohammad, a 13-year-old fighter from the Free Syrian Army, aims his weapon through a hole in a wall in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Basha district on Oct. 28. Mohammad joined the FSA after his father was killed while fighting government forces. The gun he is using was his father’s.

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A member of the “Liwaa al-Sultan Mrad” brigade, operating under the Free Syrian Army, aims an anti-aircraft weapon in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Basha district on Dec. 19.

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A child holds his father’s hand after hearing shelling in Aleppo on Nov. 29.

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A fighter from the Tawhid Brigade, which operates under the Free Syrian Army, fires an anti-tank missile in Aleppo.

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Residents look for survivors through damage from an airstrike by government forces.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter on the ground after being hit by a sniper on the front line in Aleppo’s Sheikh Saeed neighborhood on Sept. 21.

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Three boys warm themselves around a fire inside an old washing machine on Nov. 22.

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Free Syrian Army fighters flee a building in fear of an air strike on Aug. 26.

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Residents inspect damage in front of blood stains in Aleppo on Dec. 17.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter rests near weapons in Aleppo on Dec. 2.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter runs to avoid snipers on Nov. 29.

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Free Syrian Army fighters carry a fellow fighter who was wounded during clashes near Aleppo International Airport on Nov. 8.



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