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The #AleppoBoy just made the Syrian war very real


A jarring photo of an injured five-year-old boy who rescued from a destroyed building in Aleppo, Syria has made the world question what's actually being done in Syria to stop the war.

Omran Daqneesh was injured during a military strike in a rebel-held neighborhood, even after the UN had demanded a ceasefire in the city.

[Warning: The image and video might be a little disturbing]

The injured boy was brought to an underground medical facility called M10 after medical facilities moved away to avoid being targeted by the government's forces. The boy had a head injury. His entire family had also escaped major injury and were safe.

Volunteers in the country said it was pure luck that the image caught the public eye.

"My heart breaks for Omran, but people need to know this happens everyday. Every day we rescue children and families. Every day I meet traumatized parents for losing a child or even not being able to find the body under the rubble. Just this time it was caught on camera."

The UN is frustrated with what's going on in Syria and has suspended its humanitarian task force. This follows news that Russia is cooperating with Iran in Syria because both support President Bashar al-Assad.

As you may recall, it was a photo of a young boy that focused the world's attention on the refugee crisis a few months ago.

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The #AleppoBoy just made the Syrian war very real

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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