Tuesday 21 January 2020

A harrowing experience for an innocent child

A general view shows the site of yesterday's airstrike where five-year-old Omran Daqneesh got injured in the rebel-held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Reuters
A general view shows the site of yesterday's airstrike where five-year-old Omran Daqneesh got injured in the rebel-held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Reuters
Editorial

Editorial

A confused, hurt, little boy, bloodied and covered in dust, sits in an ambulance. The image of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh captures the horror war in Syria is wreaking on the innocent. He survived an Assad regime bombing of Aleppo. But he doesn't appear lucky. Luck isn't a sense you'd associate with a child who has known nothing but war in his short life.

He raises his left hand to his eye and touches the area of his face around his temple. He looks down at the blood .

His silence is almost as disturbing as observing his bloodied face and damaged eye.

Normally an injured child would be crying. There's nothing normal about this scene.

He's in such extreme shock, he merely sits patiently with his hands on his lap awaiting treatment.

Omran is as a member of a family living in the rebel-held Qaterji neighbourhood. Remarkably, his mother, father, brother and sister all also survived the airstrike which destroyed their home.

His plight highlights the desperation of the Syrian civil war and the struggle for control of the besieged key second city in Syria.

The battle for Aleppo has ebbed and flowed for years now. Each apparent breakthrough failing to deliver safety for its beleaguered residents.

A civil war seemingly without end drags on.

No child should have to grow up living through this harrowing experience.

Irish Independent

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