SYRIA-ALEPPO-His name is Omran Daqneesh. The image of him, bloodied and covered with dust, sitting silently in an ambulance awaiting help, is another stark reminder of the toll of the war in Syria.

‘It is very painful to see your children falling’. Father of Aleppo boy Omran on the moment his family’s life was torn apart’.

The Daqneesh family were gathered in their sitting room, relaxing as much as possible in a city under siege.

Abu Ali, the father of the house, sat on a sofa with his young son Omran beside him. Another son and two daughters were in the first floor flat while their oldest boy, Ali, was out on the street with friends.

The evening was calm and still hot even though the sun was down. Omran wore no shoes and Abu Ali had removed removed his shirt and stripped down to a white vest. He gazed down at the little boy at his side and his unruly mass of dark hair.

And then their world exploded.

Aleppo, in northern Syria, has been besieged for years during that country’s civil war. Thousands of people have been killed there, including 4,500 children, and many lives have been upended. Omran’s family is among them.
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