Video: A 6-year-old’s heartfelt request to President Obama goes viral

FILE - In this frame grab taken from video provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits in an ambulance after being pulled out or a building hit by an airstirke, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The White Helmets, were among the crowd of first responders who pulled Daqneesh and his family from the rubble of their apartment building Wednesday night. (Aleppo Media Center via AP)

(MEDIA GENERAL) – A 6-year-old’s heartfelt request is going viral this week after the White House released a video of the boy reading aloud part of a letter he wrote President Barack Obama.

Alex, from Scarsdale, New York, saw the famous image of Omran Daqneesh, a 5-year-old boy from Syria, sitting in shock in the back of an ambulance, trying to wipe the blood and ash from his face and hands. The building next to Omran’s home was destroyed in an airstrike by either a Syrian or Russian aircraft.

The powerful photo drew an emotional response from people across the world, including Alex. So, he wrote a letter to President Obama with a simple request: Help my family adopt Omran.


The letter starts, “Dear President Obama, remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to our home? Park in the driveway or on the street and we’ll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”

Alex states he has a friend at school who is from Syria named Omar, saying he wants Omran to meet him and they can all play together. Alex also notes that Omran won’t have any toys to bring, but he is willing to share his, including his bike, and he will help him learn how to ride.

The video cuts to President Obama reading Alex’s letter at the United Nations’ Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on Tuesday in New York.

“These are the words of a 6-year-old boy,” Obama said. “He teaches us a lot. The humanity that a young child can display, who hasn’t learned to be cynical or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of where they are from or how they look or how they pray. We can all learn from Alex.”

According to an article in Time Magazine, Omran’s family was forced from their home and live in another small house in Aleppo. His 10-year-old brother, Ali, died from injuries sustained in that airstrike.

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