Sometimes it can feel like there is one bad news story after another. I know that I always feel lost and angry with myself and wish I could do more to help.
This is a story about a man who was so fed up with bad news stories – he took matters in his own hands and vowed to do something himself.
Now, the heart stopping moment former US Special Forces operator David Eubank rescues a young girl from the line of fire in Mosul has been caught on video.
David Eubank, 56, has garnered praise from around the world after he rescued the little girl in the northern Iraq city.
ISIS have been trying to take Mosul for the past eight months.
Eubank says he came across a horrific scene where he witnessed a group of civilians who had been gunned down by an ISIS sniper.
In the midst of the dead bodies he saw a toddler and a girl of five moving.
A video shows him running to save the girl as two other members of the self-styled aid group – the Free Burma Rangers – provide covering fire with machine guns.
‘I thought, “If I die doing this, my wife and kids would understand”,’ Eubank told the Los Angeles Times.
Eubank bravely put on his helmet and ballistic vest and charged into the kill zone. He managed to pick up the young girl, who had her hair tied with pink ribbons.
Eubank ran into the danger zone again to get the toddler, but was unsuccessful. Another injured man the team tried to save did not survive.
Eubank founded the Christian humanitarian group Free Burma Rangers after retiring from the US Army.
Eubank leads the group along with his wife Karen and their three children ages 11 to 16. He decided to go and rescue civilians from Mosul after hearing horror stories of so called Islamic State murdering innocent people.
‘I believe God sent me here, and I don’t think about security… but I always ask myself if I’m doing it out of pride,’ he told the Times.
After the dramatic rescue, Eubank, who grew up in Texas, returned to the US, with his family.
But he is already thinking of another mission to Iraq.
Eubank works alongside Iraqi troops while his wife home schools their children.
Sahale, 16, Suuzane, 14, and Peter, 11, are all taught by their mother in a room above the Iraqi 9th Division’s medical clinic, just a mile from the front line.
God Bless David and his family.