Photo That Shocked The World: Horrors of War-ravaged Syria

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Yesterday I wrote about Putin and Russia bombing Syria in the Aleppo area. With every war unfortunately comes horror and death of innocent victims. Syria’s war is no different. A recent photo of a little boy from Aleppo gives many of us around the world a vivid reminder of war’s horror.

A young boy, Omran Daqneesh, 5-years-old, sits on a chair inside an ambulance after an airstrike in his hometown of Aleppo, while the whereabouts of his parents are unknown.


Covered in dust from the rubble which was once his home, one side of Omran Daqneesh’s face is drenched in blood, his expression dazed.

The child is not crying, but waits quietly as his rescuers leave the ambulance to save the lives of four other children, before taking them all to the hospital.

He is wearing a T-shirt with the popular cartoon character CatDog on it, barely visible through the blood and dust.

Photos and video of the little lost boy quickly went viral after being taken on Wednesday night, people horrified at what is unfolding each day in full view of the world.

Omran lived with his mother, father, brother and sister in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
According to sources, he and his family were injured when their house was destroyed by an airstrike Wednesday. Miraculously, everyone in his immediate family survived. Activists blame the Syrian regime and Russia for the bombings.
Aleppo, in northern Syria, has been besieged for years during that country’s civil war. Thousands of people have been killed there, including 4,500 children, and many lives have been upended.
Omran’s family is among them.
Volunteers from Syria’s Civil Defense group – known as the White Helmets – rescued the five-year-old along with three other children.
“The truth is that the image you see today is repeated every day in Aleppo,” said Mustafa al Sarouq, a cameraman with the Aleppo Media Center, who filmed the video. He spoke to CNN’s Nima Elbagir via Skype.
“Every day we cover these massacres and these war crimes in Aleppo. When we go to the places that have been bombed, regime planes circle around and bomb it again to kill rescue workers that are helping civilians. They kill these people who are trying to rescue people.”

Omran has since been discharged, but again, doctors don’t know where his parents are.

I can’t even imagine the shock and horrors Omran felt. As I watched the video, I saw his little hand try to wipe his dusty forehead and then realize his hand was bleeding. Then he stared at it and put it back down on his lap. He doesn’t even cry. He just sits there patiently while frantic is on the face of the rescuers who bring two other children into the ambulance.

Unfortunately, this is the horror of war and the innocent lives caught in the middle. We can only hope and pray this war doesn’t come to America before we elect a real leader. Obama and Clinton have been dillusional when it comes to ridding Syria of Bashar al-Assad and restoring democracy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Omar, his family and the other innocent lives affected by the Syrian war.


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