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)
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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.

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

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