It is likely to become one of the iconic photos of the casualties and destruction of Syria’s conflict.
Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits in the back of an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble of his home, his head covered in blood and dust.
Omran was injured on Wednesday night in the ongoing Russian-regime bombing of opposition-held districts of eastern Aleppo city. He was rescued with three other small children by White Helmets volunteer rescuers.
The fate of Omran’s parents was initially unknown, but Mahmoud Raslan — the photographer who captured Omran’s image — said they and the boy’s three siblings were injured.
Omran has now been reunited with his family, according to the White Helmets.
Mohammad al-Ahmad, a radiology nurse, was in the emergency room when Omran arrived about 9 pm:
The boy was traumatized. He wasn’t speaking when he arrived. A few minutes later, he started crying from pain.
Ahmad cleaned Omran’s face and bandaged his head. Doctors found no apparent signs of brain injury.
“The World Will Soon Be Unmoved”
The photo will take its place along images such as that of the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach after a boat carrying Syrian refugees capsized in the Mediterranean.
Just as Kurdi’s death raised the question of whether any significant action would be taken about the fate of millions of refugees, so Omran’s picture is likely to pose the query about whether it will spur anyone to halt the bombing of Syria’s civilians.
Lina Sergie Attar — writer, activist, and founder of the Karam Foundation providing humanitarian aid to Syrians — is sceptical:
Little Omran, your photo will be this year's "#Syria photo that moved the world." Don't get your hopes up, they will soon be unmoved again.
— Lina Sergie Attar (@AmalHanano) August 18, 2016
So is Anne Barnard of The New York Times:
Another boy lay on a gurney, soaked in blood, as a clinician worked on him. A few minutes later came another text message: The boy had died. His name was Ibrahim Hadiri, and there was a new photograph of his face, eyes closed. It is not likely to go viral.
Can anyone look this Syrian child in eye and repeat empty words of "concern" & "cessation of hostilities"? Enough. pic.twitter.com/lVy6kPzPtA
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 18, 2016
This poor boy looks like my son. "The stunned, bloodied face of a child survivor sums up the horror of Aleppo" https://t.co/qyoV554XLf
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 18, 2016
Omran is 5 yrs old. He survived an airstrike on Aleppo. Jet belonged to either Assad or Putin. Either way, fuck you. pic.twitter.com/6H8HC1Clzx
— S. Rifai (@THE_47th) August 18, 2016