US President Barack Obama praises heart-melting letter by six-year-old boy

September 22, 2016
By: Samaa Web Desk
Published in Global

A six-year-old boy has been praised by Barack Obama after asking the US President to help him offer a Syrian refugee a home with his family.

Last month, pictures of a young Syrian boy covered in dust and blood from a devastating air strike became a symbol of the suffering endured by civilians living under relentless bombardment in the country’s brutal civil war.

Harrowing images of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh sitting dazed and silent in an ambulance after he was pulled from a destroyed family home hit by bombing in a rebel-held area of Aleppo provoked outrage across the world and intensified calls for an immediate ceasefire.


The picture struck a chord with six-year-old Alex from New York who wrote a letter to President Obama asking him bring Omran to his home saying, “We will give him a family and he will be our brother."

Obama shared Alex’s letter on Facebook, calling him a "child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they come from, how they look, or how they pray", in a post that has garnered more than 121,000 likes.

“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 [my home]?", Alex's letter, which has been published by the White House reads.


"Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan.

“Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won't bring toys and doesn't have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny. And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine's lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn't let anyone touch it."
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Story first published: 22nd September 2016


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