Twitter celebrates boy’s letter to Obama inviting Aleppo ambulance boy to his home

Published September 22nd, 2016 - 01:31 GMT
The now famous image of Omran Daqneesh in Aleppo (Aleppo Media Center)
The now famous image of Omran Daqneesh in Aleppo (Aleppo Media Center)

Aleppo boy Omran Daqneesh made international headlines when he was photographed by local photographer Mahmoud Rslan covered in blood and debris in an ambulance after an apparent airstrike. The image was enough for Alex–a six-year-old American boy–to write a letter to Barack Obama asking him to bring Daqneesh to the states so he can live with Alex’s family.

The White House posted a video of Alex reading the letter juxtaposed alongside Obama reading it at the UN’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants yesterday. “Park in the driveway, or on the street, and we’ll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers and balloons,” said Alex in the video. “We will give him a family, and he will be our brother.”

Obama said that Alex’s letter shows the “humanity that a young child can display, who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious or fearful of the people.”

Many on Twitter praised the letter, including Middle Easterners.

The US has admitted over 5,000 Syrian refugees so far this year.



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