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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    Linda Warren

    December 23, 2013 at 4:31 am

    What’s wrong with this world ? Children-only kids who should be in school . Children fighting , dying , photographing war — these are kids ! Adults are supposed to be the grown ups-the teachers-the caregivers & caretakers of children’s’ futures . Syria’s adults are completely insane – they’re destroying their country & their children are dying without having experienced what should have been a wonderful life . I Hate War !

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    Danny Passingham

    December 23, 2013 at 7:15 am

    You misinterpret the point. They are fighting so that one day children can live in peace and have a life that isn’t oppressed, Syrian’s adults aren’t insane they are sane and don’t want a life of oppression anymore so that one day their children can speak freely and live freely.

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    December 23, 2013 at 7:23 am

    While I can agree that children should not be fighting, I commend these children for what they do. Children in this country should be so committed to something besides an XBox. Here are teenagers fighting for their country and dying for it, yet ours are too busy texting and dying in car wrecks.

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    December 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Then you hate religion and ideology. This is what causes wars.

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    December 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Too much hate. Too much intolerance. Too much greed and indifference. Willful ignorance.

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    Jim S

    December 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    The world is going to hell under the guidance of radical islamic dogma! Supposedly Mohammed was in favor of peace and kindness. Al Qaeda and their like have totally bastardized his teachings much as the evangelicals in the usa have bastardized the teachings of Christ! The difference is the evangelicals aren’t killing people ….directly at least!

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