This is Us. This is War. This is Omran Daqneesh


If you somehow missed this picture today, and I can’t imagine anyone could have, it captures a moment we can’t allow ourselves to glide past.

There isn’t much else to say, except that CNN’s Kate Bouldan openly expressed what we all felt upon seeing 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh pulled from the rubble of what used to be his home in Syria, and in this world where we live and skip over anything that’s unpleasant or too difficult to deal with, her emotional response is refreshingly candid and human.

They’re dying, they’re surviving and many, somewhere in between … this is Omran. He lives with his mom, his dad and his brother and sister. Their home is inside Aleppo, Syria. It was hit by a bomb. An air strike. Who’s behind it, we do not know. He and his family were pulled alive from what is left of their home after being buried in the rubble.

Omran is left inside that ambulance alone, bloodied, as rescuers go back into the rubble looking for anyone else who may have survived. His family did. What strikes me is we shed tears, but there are no tears here. He doesn’t cry once. That little boy is in total shock. He’s stunned. He’s inside his home one moment and the next he’s lost in the fury of war and chaos.

He’s alive, we wanted you to know.

Aleppo journalist Mustafa al-Sarout, who filmed the video of Omran, said he was surprised at reaction to the film he shot: “These are children bombed every day. It’s not an exceptional case. This is a daily fact of Russian and Syrian government air strikes. They take turns bombing civilians in Aleppo before the whole world. This child is a representative of millions of children in Syria and its cities.”

As of this evening, the United Nations says it is counting on Moscow, the U.S., and others to ensure that President Bashar Assad’s Russian-backed forces pause for an agreed-upon 48-hour cease-fire to allow for humanitarian aid; there has been none for more than six weeks. Though some of the doctors in Aleppo sent President Obama a last-ditch letter for help, many others feel hopeless.

Everyone is doing nothing .… Everyone is watching and we just see sympathy from them. But there’s no work. We don’t see anyone working for us. They just watch and just talk and do nothing. People here are dying every day with chlorine, and with barrels, with air strikes. The women are dying, and some women are dying when they are pregnant, and some women have miscarriages because of the air strikes. But no one helping. Just watching. [Farida, the area’s last OB/GYN]

This is war. This is us.

Hug your loved ones tightly, my friends.

Doctors Without Borders

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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