Molhem Barakat

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Molhem Barakat (8 March 1995, Aleppo – 20 December 2013, Aleppo)[1] was a Syrian child photojournalist who covered the Syrian Civil War for Reuters. He was killed in 2013 during the (ongoing) Battle of Aleppo.


Barakat began working as a photojournalist for the Reuters news agency in May 2013.[2][3][4] His age in December of that year is quoted as 17 or 18, possibly making him a minor at the time.[2][3][4][5][6]


Barakat was killed on 20 December 2013 during the battle to control the al-Kindi Hospital in Aleppo, alongside his brother, a Syrian rebel.[7][8][9] Reuters was widely criticized for sending an "inexperienced teenager" into a war zone.[4][10] A photograph of Barakat's bloodstained camera was distributed by the Aleppo Media Center.[5][6][10]


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  5. ^ a b "Syria mosque shelling kills cleric; Aleppo rebels advance". The Japan Times. 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Teen photographer killed while covering civil war in Syria". New York Daily News. 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  7. ^ Jacobs, Harrison (8 January 2014). "11 Intense Syria Photos From The 18-Year-Old Photojournalist Who Died In Action". Business Insider. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Syrian conflict through the eyes of a slain photographer". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  9. ^ Dearden, Lizzie (2013-12-23). "Teenage photographer Molhem Barakat killed covering Syrian civil war for Reuters". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  10. ^ a b Kenner, David (7 January 2014). "The Controversial Death of a Teenage Stringer". Foreign Policy Magazine. Retrieved 10 January 2014.