Heart-Wrenching Image Of A Syrian Boy Captures The World's Attention

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A 5-year-old boy, identified in news reports as Omran Daqneesh, sits in an ambulance Wednesday after an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. (Aleppo Media Center)

The United Nations is hoping to secure a 48-hour pause in the fighting in Aleppo, Syria so that it can resume its delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid there.

Fighting has intensified as rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have made significant gains in recent weeks. On Thursday, the violence took on a human aspect, when a video of shell-shocked 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, sitting silently in an ambulance, went viral, along with a cartoon by artist Khalid Albaih.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Nazanin Ash at the International Rescue Committee about humanitarian needs in Syria, and why this particular image so resonated with people around the world.



Nazanin Ash, policy and advocacy director for the International Rescue Committee.

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