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6-Year-Old Boy Writes Letter Asking Obama If Syrian Boy Can Live With Him

By Karly Carpena
September 23, 2016

By now, almost everyone has seen the heartbreaking image of Omran Daqneesh, the 5-year-old Syrian boy whose home was hit by an airstrike.


The haunting photo of him sitting in the back of an ambulance, covered in dust and blood went super viral showcasing the horrors of the raging Syrian civil war.

But Alex, a 6-year-old boy from Scarsdale, New York, was so moved by the image of Omran that he personally wrote to President Obama inviting Omran to live with his family.

“Can you please get him and bring him to our home?” Alex wrote in his letter. “We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”


This week, Obama read Alex’s letter as part of a speech he gave at the United Nations Refugee Summit in New York City. Obama praised Alex, holding him up as an example of the humanity that children are capable of, “who hasn’t learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they’re from or how they look or how they pray.”