WASHINGTON (WATE) – This summer, the world was stunned by haunting footage of a young boy’s rescue during the aftermath of an airstrike.
Omran Daqneesh, 5, was rescued from a from a partially destroyed building. The image of the stunned and weary-looking boy, sitting in an ambulance caked with dust and with blood on his face, captured the horror that has beset the war-torn northern city as photographs of the child were widely shared on social media.
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Alex, a 6-year-old who lives just outside of New York City saw what happened to Omran and wanted to help. He sat down at his kitchen table and wrote President Obama a letter.
“Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home],” Alex asked. “We’ll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”
In the Leaders Summit on Refugees this week, President Barrack Obama shared that letter with the world leaders that had gathered together to discuss what they could do to solve the global refugee crisis.
The humanity that a young child can display, who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of where they’re from, or how they look, or how they pray, and who just understands the notion of treating somebody that is like him with compassion, with kindness — we can all learn from Alex.
Dear President Obama,
Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan.
Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won’t bring toys and doesn’t have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny. And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine’s lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn’t let anyone touch it.
Thank you very much! I can’t wait for you to come!
6 years old