'Miracle' child back in family's arms
THIS is Bushr Al Tawashi (2) who was given up for dead when his parents mistakenly left him behind fleeing heavy shelling in Damascus.
But the fates had other plans, and yesterday he was reunited with his delighted parents who believe his survival to be a miracle.
The intensive fighting in Syria last summer drove his family to seek sanctuary in Cyprus. "You can imagine how they felt when they were told their son was alive after bearing all this guilt thinking that he was dead," their lawyer, Stella Constantinou, said.
No one knows exactly how long Bushr wandered about alone in the rubble of his family home before rebel fighters sweeping through the Al Kaboun suburb found him and handed him over to another family to look after, Ms Constantinou said.
In their chaotic haste to escape fighting between government troops and Syrian rebels, Bushr's father Machhour Al Tawashi and his mother Arin Al Dakkar had assumed the boy was picked up by other members of their extended family who had been staying with them, the lawyer said.