Boy, 6, asks Obama to bring Syrian boy to live with him. “He will be our brother”

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he-will-be-our-brother-2The breathtaking sadness of seeing a boy suffering in Syria’s civil war has prompted a breathtaking offer of hospitality and kindness.

The sight of shell-shocked five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who was wounded in an airstrike in Aleppo, left many people speechless last month. It also prompted a New York boy named Alex to write President Obama with a simple request: “Can you please go get him” so Omran can become part of Alex’s family?

The generous offer from Alex, 6, is now tugging at heart strings on the Internet and beyond, after the White House released the letter and a short video of the boy reading his request to Obama on its Facebook page Wednesday night.

 Screen grab from a video released by the Syrian opposition Aeppo Media Centre showing a young boy sitting in an ambulance, covered head to toe with dust, after being pulled from rubbles
Screen grab from a video released by the Syrian opposition Aeppo Media Centre showing a young boy sitting in an ambulance, covered head to toe with dust, after being pulled from rubbles

“We will give him a family and he will be our brother,” Alex wrote. “Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together.”

 

A 6-year-old boy in New York wrote a letter to President Obama offering to share his home with Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian boy who was seen in the aftermath of an airstrike last month.White House

To make things easier for the president, Alex told him that when he arrives with Omran, he can park on the street or in the driveway. The boy said he’ll be waiting with flowers, flags, and balloons. He also promised to share toys with the Syrian child and to study math and language with him.

In response, President Obama wrote on the White House’s Facebook page:

“Those are the words of a six-year-old boy — a young child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they come from, how they look, or how they pray.”

“We should all be more like Alex. Imagine what the world would look like if we were. Imagine the suffering we could ease and the lives we could save.”

The president read from Alex’s letter earlier this week, when he spoke at the Leaders Summit on Refugees that took place alongside the U.N. General Assembly.

Addressing an audience that included fellow world leaders, Obama said that politicians are sometimes overly focused on maintaining their positions — “and maybe sometimes we forget that the only rationale for doing it is to help that little boy.”

The White House published the letter and video a week after the Obama administration announced its plan to increase the number of international refugees it’s accepting, from 85,000 in 2016 to 110,000 in 2017. As of this month, the U.S. has admitted 11,503 Syrian refugees in the current fiscal year.

The discussion comes as each of four countries — Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Somalia — have now produced more than 1 million refugees due to ongoing crises, according to the United Nations. Earlier this year, the organization’s refugee agency said that the number of refugees and displaced people worldwide had surpassed 60 million for the first time.

The video of Alex and his letter has now been watched more than 7 million times. It has also generated thousands of reactions — and this, the most-liked comment: ” It was nice that president Obama recognized this,” Ginger Smith wrote. “But it was even sweeter that Alex thought of another human being.”

Here’s the full transcript of Alex’s letter:

“Dear President Obama,

“Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan.

“Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won’t bring toys and doesn’t have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny. And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine’s lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn’t let anyone touch it.

“Thank you very much! I can’t wait for you to come!

“Alex

“6 years old”

 

NPR

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19 responses to “Boy, 6, asks Obama to bring Syrian boy to live with him. “He will be our brother””

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Children understand each other … One up for Obama, and this boy’s parents.

  2. The Syrian boy in the ambulance, like the Syrian boy “found” dead at the beach was a Western mediation stunt to demonize Assad furthermore. Assad is no Saint but those two incidents were orchestrated. The video/photo of the Syrian boy in the ambulance was taken by a rebel who was caught previously in a photo with men beheading children.

    1. man-o-war Avatar

      “Assad is no Saint” , understatement of the year!

      1. That’s the only thing you had to pinpoint on? Really?

    2. Hind Abyad Avatar

      US Israel are no saints;.Syrian soldiers tortured and executed by US backed retards in Aleppo
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnY2hlo0x_M

  3. I wouldn’t be surprise that Alex have seen this CNN news video and he was moved by the video as the CNN reporter.

    The video is heartbreaking, paralyzing to the degree that one feels helpless in knowing that you can not stop this senseless war.

    Let’s hope that his letter to Obama will bring Omran Daqneesh a brighter future.
    https://youtu.be/U1j4tFFkoQY

    Children are spotless, it can not be argued when it comes to adults!

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar

      What a bad actress, haha…she’s reading from a script, gets mix up in the words..cries, a script of Soro’s White Helmets.

      The Syrian boy
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jifS0fi9WB8

      1. Wasn’t Aylan Kurdi
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1815b2ef04bcf3a8ef1c697987d9c72ed79530ea446160a5f11e9151c4cb22b.jpg
        on the whole world’s media tabloids?
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27912fda926a18ee4d4896978ff3066aa0c0f5cdfc70148823a97b051f1c28f5.jpg

        It is only when the Grat Satan is ‘involved’ so you prefer news of death instead of positive news like the saved Syrian boy.

        Your protege take the price;
        “The Syrian boy in the ambulance, like the Syrian boy “found” dead at the beach was a Western media stunt to demonize Assad furthermore.”

        For your protege it is a vital details that counts; “The video/photo of the Syrian boy in the ambulance was taken by a rebel who was caught previously in a photo with men beheading children.”.

        I don’t care who taken the video, as long as it shows survived boy, that’s is important.

  4. Hind Abyad Avatar

    Dear reader
    This is a story about compassion, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness and humanity . We realize it is not for everyone , but it is a breath of fresh air amidst an ambiance of barrel bombs and air strikes

    Dear YaLibnan, are you now an Israeli propaganda paper? Top Jewish controlled press NPR?

    NPR fairness rules, “fairness” from the $400 billion per year National Public Radio associated with known racist Jewish organizations like B’Nai B’rith, ADL and nationally funded radio corporations for Israel, such as VOA Zimbabwe..

    Other reports described expropriated areas as idyllic “neighborhood(s),” hilltop “communit(ies),” pious Jews there “focus(ing) on their religious studies and pay(ing) little attention to the outside world. Their large families require settlement expansions to accommodate them, so Palestinians have to go, no matter that they and their ancestors lived there for centuries.”

  5. DaveTheRave Avatar
    DaveTheRave

    The kid would have been better off asking the ‘Dear President’ to stop with the illegal gun running to terrorist networks of all stripes in Syria. That and the illegal military aircraft incursions and actual airborne assaults on the SAA. Then maybe, just maybe the kids in Syria would be able to enjoy the life of peace that the American kid enjoys and not have to flee as refugees to some to some hostile country that typically despises them.

    1. “The kid would have been better off asking the ‘Dear President’ ..”, Children are spotless, it can not be argued when it comes to adults like you that demanding such things.

      Alex see the suffering, you see just a “hostile country that typically despises them.”.

      1. DaveTheRave Avatar
        DaveTheRave

        Spare me the moralizing. ‘Alex’ is being cynically used as a pawn in the
        propaganda game by the US govt. Did Alex shoot and edit the oh so
        emotive video that Obama thrust down the throats of his audience during
        his speech? Did Alex’s parents film it? Answer – No and no.

        Has
        sweet little Alex been shown any other images of kids caught up the
        Syrian or Libyan conflicts, you know the ones shot in the back or the
        head or with their heads completely removed because they are of the
        ‘wrong’ religious sect by the ‘Dear President’s’ wonderful pets.

        Btw
        I had to tell my own young daughter earlier in the week just how much
        her government loves the head choppers after the Deir Ezzor raid.

        Filling
        kids heads with dung is one thing. Cynically manipulating the emotive
        responses of those same kids in an attempt to manipulate the thoughts of
        an adult(voting) audience is very low.

        Give kids truth not lies and they will grow up to respect you for it.

        1. “Filling kids heads with dung is one thing. Cynically using the emotive
          responses of those same kids in an attempt to manipulate the thoughts of
          an adult(voting) audience is very very low.”
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6ea1629cf5fc8c4692085929def605e190bb7025cf7680a6c2bf48bf44646ee.jpg
          “Give kids truth not lies and they will grow up to respect you for it.”

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well ISISies sure like to fill the heads, and advertise it well … don’t they.

          2. Unbelievable that you put such question, “so what is the age where one is considered ‘balanced’ “, are you not aware of any guidelines that (in your case) the canadian authorities practice for example when watching film?

            We have for example a [Rated 12] – allowed with parents from six to acceptance of the PG-control.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6396aa84baf7bab82b78b79804923f3f2d3988c6c69b6c11b2a1e0b82de1f6dd.jpg
            You will never see the ARD or ZDF broadcasting news (at the early hours) with violent content.

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