Alex, a six-year-old American boy has written a letter to the president, Barack Obama, requesting that young Omran, a bloodied Syrian boy whose picture got the internet buzzing in August he brought over to the US to stay with his family.
The 5-year old Syrian boy who was wounded in an airstrike in Aleppo was shown in an ambulance after he was rescued from a rubble. He is covered with dust and has a bloody eye. His clothes and visible parts of his body also have blood spluttered all over them.
The white house tweeted a video that showed Alex reading out his letter to the president. At the tail end of the video, Obama makes an address for a concerted effort to help people affected by war.
We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan.
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The full content of his letter was as follows:
“Dear President Obama,
“Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons.
‘‘We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar.
‘‘We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan.
“Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won’t bring toys and doesn’t have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny.
‘‘And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine’s lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn’t let anyone touch it.
“Thank you very much! I can’t wait for you to come!
“6 years old”