Photos and video of an injured Syrian child covered in soot and blood have gone viral after they were posted on Facebook and Twitter, provoking widespread outrage and upset.
The five-year-old boy, Omran Daqneesh, was seen running a hand over his blood-covered face, looks at the blood and wipes his hands on the ambulance chair in the video. He and his family have survived the airstrike reportedly conducted by Russian air force.
Aleppo Media Center, an activist organization looking to draw attention to the plight of civilians inside Aleppo, published the pictures online on Wednesday. Many people shared them on social media. Some of them used the hashtag #WeCantSayWeDidntKnow to admit the fact that the world is not doing enough to protect Syrian children from war.
— Erin Schrode (@ErinSchrode) August 18, 2016
The pictures of Omran reminded the picture of another Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, who was drowned on 2 September 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe during the European refugee crisis. The picture of Aylan’s dead body stunned the world that time.
— Jasmina (@JasminaOnline) August 18, 2016
Both the Syrian government and the US-backed opposition group have been accused of killing innocent civilians in Syria during the civil war, which has been continuing for five years now. The following two tweets describe how both parties are involved in the killings of children.
Assad and Russia have been destroying Aleppo and Syria for five years, and #wecantsaywedidntknow
— Leila Nachawati Rego (@leila_na) August 18, 2016
— the Lemniscat (@theLemniscat) August 18, 2016
Around 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, according to the United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria. Many of them were children.
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