Syrian boy in haunting photo reunites with parents

2016-08-20 15:54
Omran Daqneesh. (Aleppo Media Centre via AP)

Omran Daqneesh. (Aleppo Media Centre via AP)

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Aleppo – The injured Syrian boy who became a symbol of Syria’s suffering captured in an iconic photograph has been reunited with his parents after being separated in an air strike.

Photographs and video footage showed a 5-year-old boy, identified as Omran Daqneesh, sitting dazed in the back of an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble of his Aleppo home that was demolished.

According to Dr Osama Abu al-Ezz, the boy was taken to a hospital on Wednesday night following an air strike by Russian or government warplanes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Qaterji.

The nurse who treated the boy said he did not cry until he saw his mother and father who joined him at the hospital shortly after his arrival.

She described his as being “in a daze”.

“It was as if he was asleep. Not unconscious, but traumatised – lost,” said Mahmoud Abu Rajab.

Doctors said Daqneesh suffered from superficial head wounds but no brain injury. The nurse wrapped his forehead and left eye in a bandage after stitching him up.

He was later discharged from the hospital.

Three of his siblings, his mother and father were also rescued from the building.

Eight people died in the strike, including five children, according to a doctor who only gave his first name as Abo Mohammadian.


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