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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.


Read more on:    syria

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.