Alex, a 6-year-old boy from New York who was inspired by images of Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian boy seen covered in dust and blood after surviving airstrikes in Aleppo wrote a very emotional letter to President Barack Obama.
Obama read out portions of Alex’s letter at the Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis, which he hosted at the United Nations. The President also went on Facebook to upload a photo of young Alex reading the letter.
On the Facebook Post, President Obama wrote, ”Alex is just six years old. He lives in Scarsdale, New York. Last month, like people around the world,he was moved by the heartbreaking images of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old boy in Aleppo, Syria, sitting in an ambulance, in shock as he tried to wipe the blood from his hands.
So Alex sat down and wrote me a letter. This week at a United Nations summit on refugees, I shared Alex’s moving words with the world.
Alex told me that he wanted Omran to come live with him and his family. He wanted to share his bike, and teach him how to ride. He said his little sister would collect butterflies for him. “We can all play together,” he wrote. “We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”
Those are the words of a six-year-old boy — a young child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they come from, how they look, or how they pray.
We should all be more like Alex. Imagine what the world would look like if we were. Imagine the suffering we could ease and the lives we could save. Listen to Alex, read his letter, and I think you’ll understand why I shared it with the world. ”
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