23 August 2016
The above picture of a shocked boy bloodied and covered in dust, sitting quietly in an ambulance awaiting help went viral on the internet last week.
The boy, Omran Deqneesh, was one of the victims of the air strike in the northern Syrian City of Aleppo on Wednesday, August 17.
The airstrike destroyed Omran’s house where he lived with his parents and two siblings. Last Saturday, Omran’s elder brother, Ali Deqneesh, who was more affected, was reported dead due to the injuries sustained.
Omran looked dazed as he sat on the ambulance’s orange seat, his hands on his lap, as he waited patiently to be treated; for somebody to help him.
Beneath his thick dark hair, his eyes are blank. He wears a rumpled T-shirt showing the Nickelodeon cartoon character CatDog.
A section of his face covered with blood showing the face of a child in trauma. Though it took about an hour to dig the boy out from underneath the rubble, he reportedly did not cry at any point during the rescue.
In the Video footage released on social media, the boy was seen looking blank, shocked and later wiped his eyes with his hand which aptly captured a little child who seems not to know what is really happening and wondered why he had blood on his face.
The video shows two more small children brought to the ambulance, and then two adults. They were taken to a hospital already swamped with casualties.
A picture they say is worth a thousand words. To many, the picture of Omran depicts the true mood of Syria and serves as a timely reminder that the situation in Syria is getting worse and not better.
The civil war in Syria started five years ago and it seems there is no resolution in sight.
In May 2016, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that about 14,000 children have been killed in the war, with tens of thousands injured and in need of aid.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.