National Geographic : 2012 Sep
Cradled by his mother, Saleem al Harazi lost both eyes to a sniper. The 12-year-old was shot when he joined antigovernment protesters in Sanaa in March 2011. "I loved them and wanted to stand with them," he recalls. "I wanted them to end poverty." They were the last people he ever saw, and he has no regrets: "I am still happy I was able to witness the protests firsthand."