It is easy, here in America, to forget the price which is being paid in places we simply describe as “war-torn.” It is easy to say, “it isn’t our problem,” and often easy to even forget it is happening for awhile. But, in some moments, even for the media who are inundated with these images every day, it becomes so overwhelmingly clear that we are moved to tears.
A moment such as this came for CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Thursday, when she broadcast footage of the rescue of Omran Daqneesh a 5-year-old Syrian boy extracted from the ruins of his home after an airstrike. In her introduction, Bolduan says that most 5-year-olds are “talking about superheroes,” perhaps “getting ready to start school for the first time” but some are facing situations in which they are faced with dying or surviving catastrophe on a daily basis.
Omran’s face is bloodied, still oozing, and when he reaches to rub his ruined eye he looks at his hand to find it is covered in his own blood. Like any child finding something on his hand, he wipes it on the seat in the ambulance where he sits alone.
What strikes me is we shed tears, but there are no tears here, he doesn’t cry once. That little boy is in total shock. He’s stunned, inside his home one moment and the next, lost in the fury and the flurry of war and chaos.
The war in Syria has been going on for 5 years, and Omran has never known a time without it. Bolduan points out that it isn’t just those who die, but those who live: “This is Omran. He’s alive. We wanted you to know.”
Watch Bolduan become moved to tears:
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