Omran Daqneesh, the story of five-year old Syrian boy who never witnessed peace

When will Omran Daqneesh sleep without horrible sounds of gun fires, airstrikes and bombs?

One of the most popular trends on social media yesterday August 18, 2016 was a photograph and video of a dazed and helpless Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh who was rescued from an airstrike-ridden apartment he and his family were occupying in Aleppo neighborhood of Qaterji.

While some international media houses headlined it “Haunting video of bewildered Syrian boy, Haunting image of boy shows brutality of Syrian war,” others titled it “Image of Aleppo boy shocks World.”

I’ll like to describe the Omran Daqneesh Video as, “The story of five-year old Syrian boy who never witnessed peace.

I saw the video on Al Jazeera, the boy was covered with dust, blood ceaselessly flowing from his head, sitting silently in ambulance awaiting medical attention.

The video was posted online by the Aleppo Media Centre.

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Five years old Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh awaiting medical attention after he’s rescued. Photo Credit: abc News

The condition of Omran Daqneesh shows the horrors of agony on the war-ravaged country.

“It was as if he was asleep. Not unconscious, but traumatized-lost,: a nurse Mahmoud Abu Rajab who treated Omran said.

Of all the clips I’d washed, Omran Daqneesh video of horror is different.


While other kids who were rescued cried as a result of shock or injuries sustained from bombardment, the five-year old Omran Daqneesh looked from orange-seat ambulance, where he’s awaiting medical aid, like someone who has resigned himself to fate, looked like a kid who is used to crisis.

It’s pathetic!

Though some respected international journalists said he’s shocked, the boy I saw looked confident,  Omran Daqneesh refused to cry, instead he wiped the blood on his face with his palm, and looked straight into the camera.

Omran Daqneesh was lucky as their apartment collapsed shortly after rescue

Omran Daqneesh was rescued along with his three siblings (ages: 1, 6, and 11), his mother and father from the rubble of their heavily strike apartment, but none died.

However, the building was said to have collapsed shortly after Omran Daqneesh and his family were rescued.

The war in Syria began in March 2011. That means Omran Daqneesh was born inside violent sounds of bombs, airstrikes, rocket propel grenade and other military weaponries that depict horror, violence, agony and deaths.

At the moment, no one knows who shot the airstrike, but Russian or government warplanes was responsible, said Dr. Osama Abu al-Ezz, one of the medics at an Aleppo hospital, known as “M10.”

Since the war started in March 2011, five years and five months ago, disturbing pictures continued to emerge just as Amnesty International says nearly 18,000 people have died, though true figure is much higher.

Using survivors accounts, Amnesty International report details the horrible conditions for Syrians, inmates, and the brutal methods of torture including rape, sexual violence, flogging, and burning.

Omran Daqneesh’s case is one among the millions of devastating conditions of Syrians.

When will Omran Daqneesh sleep without horrible sounds of gun fires, airstrikes and bombs remains dicey as none of the two sides-rebels and government forces-is ready to back down.

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