Tuesday 6 December 2016

As 13 children die, outrage over little Omran a week ago has come to nothing

Mary Fitzgerald

Published 27/08/2016 | 02:30

A Syrian man carries a wounded child following a barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday. Photo: Getty
A Syrian man carries a wounded child following a barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday. Photo: Getty

By now ,the world knows the haunting face of Omran Daqneesh, the three-year-old Syrian boy captured on film after an airstrike on his home city of Aleppo. The clip of Omran looking dazed and bloodied went viral just over a week ago. It was shocking footage and a strong rebuke to those who would prefer that the horror of Syria's five-year war remains out of the headlines. There have been countless Omrans throughout the conflict that has torn his country apart since 2011 but their faces and names are unknown. Children traumatised like Omran, children killed, tortured, maimed, orphaned, lost.

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Since Omran's image caught the world's attention, causing a CNN anchor to cry and prompting outrage in newspaper columns and social media, 13 children have been killed in Aleppo.

Eleven children, including an infant, were killed when regime forces carried out a barrel bomb attack - a favourite tactic - on a rebel-held neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo.

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