In what has emerged as the most haunting picture of Syrian conflict, a confused boy of five sits quietly in the back of an ambulance as he tries to comprehend the magnitude of disaster that has destroyed his home. This image captures the absolute horror that continues to ravage Aleppo, each day since the past six years. Named Omran Daqneesh, this toddler sits dazed in the back of an ambulance after being pulled out from the rubble which was his home.
The boy is yet to realise that he is hurt and wipes his dusty forehead and looks at his hands covered in blood. His cartoon t-shirt is barely visible under layers of dust, violence, horror and helplessness.
The picture taken on Wednesday night, in the besieged rebel-held eastern suburbs of Aleppo has gone viral and so has the video that shows three other children being rescued from the rubble of a house after an air strike, by volunteers from Syria’s Civil Defence group known as the White Helmets.
Fighting war and destruction, Aleppo is one of the major battle grounds of the devastating civil war which was been going on for the past six years. The city is split between western areas held by the government of regime forces and the eastern parts which is under rebel control. One of the major battlegrounds of Syria’s devastating civil war, the city of Aleppo is split between western areas held by the Government, backed by Russian warplanes, and eastern regions held by rebels.
Fighting between the two groups has intensified since mid-July, raising fears for the safety of an estimated 1.5 million civilians still in the city.