Surrounded by shouting, he’s completely silent.
The child is small, alone, covered in blood and dust, dropped in the back of an ambulance with his feet dangling off the edge of a too-big chair.
He doesn’t cry or speak. His face is stunned and dazed, but not surprised. He wipes his hand over his wounded face, looks at the blood, wipes it off on the chair.
And he stares.
The world is staring back.
The past several years have seen a flood of horrific photos from the war in Syria: starving children, wounded civilians, mourning crowds, devastated cities, the many dead.
But this tiny moment in Aleppo has resonated in a new way.
Last year, the photograph of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian 3-year-old who drowned and washed ashore in Turkey, intensified Europe’s conversations about the refugee crisis and moral responsibility. Now the image of the boy in the ambulance is bringing new attention to the ongoing agonies of the Syrian conflict.
The video was released by the Aleppo Media Center, an anti-government activist group in Syria, The Associated Press reports. It adds:
“A doctor in Aleppo on Thursday identified the boy as 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh. Osama Abu al-Ezz confirmed he was brought to the hospital known as ‘M10’ Wednesday night following an airstrike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Qaterji. …
“Rescue workers and journalists arrived at Qaterji shortly after the strike and began pulling victims from the rubble.
” ‘We were passing them from one balcony to the other,’ said photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan, who took the iconic photo. He said he had passed along three lifeless bodies before receiving the wounded boy.
“A doctor at M10 later reported eight dead, among them five children.”
Medical facilities in Syria are routinely hit by government forces. As a result, hospitals have been pushed underground and use code names, such as “M10.”
Source from : NPR.ORG