Nowadays we are so busy focusing on politics and news about the presidential elections, and we forget about the terrible things that happen around the world. But, here is the brutal image to remind us.
Omran Daqneesh is a 5-year-old boy from Aleppo, Syria. He was injured during a military airstrike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Qaterji. He was taken to a hospital—codenamed M10 to avoid targeting—and later discharged. Violence in the nation’s most populated city has reportedly escalated in the past few weeks as opposition forces have made gains against the Assad regime.
The video below shows the rescue of Omran released by the Aleppo Media Center, which gives their support to the Syrian opposition. The video shows that the little boy is pulled from the rubble and put into an ambulance. He sits quietly on a chair, covered with blood and soot. He is confused and terrified at the same time. Suddenly he rubs his face and realizes that is injured by the blood that he sees on his hand.
Omran was rescued along with three siblings and their parents. None suffered serious injuries, but their apartment building collapsed shortly after they were rescued. In total, eight people died in the airstrike, including children. Shortly after the attack, rescue workers and journalists arrived. Photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan, who took the photo of Omran, said he had to pass along three dead bodies before getting to the child.
The image of Omran reminds us of another photo from last year from the crises when the body of a 3-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi washed ashore in Turkey. This viral photo exactly showed the horrors of the conflict in Syria and the result of the refugee crisis.
CNN claims that in the last 2 weeks more than 300 people have been killed in Aleppo. And 1 out of 3 killed people is a child or a woman. The rebel forces hold the eastern area of the city in which only one out of three hospitals is functioning.
BBC reported that Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy, on Thursday morning asked from both sides for a humanity gesture. He requires 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo so the two million people which are still in the city, could get a help from the aid workers.