Syrian child Omran Dagneesh, tragic blood-soaked face of war in Syria, reappears in then-and-now footage

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New Delhi | Published: June 7, 2017 11:23:04 AM

A new video of Omran Daqneesh has emerged showing showing him play in what is probably his house.

Omran Daqnees, Syria, war-ravaged Syria, video, Aleppo, airstrike, Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad Omran sitting in an ambulance after an airstrike hit his house (Left). The boy in his house in the latest video (Right).

Remember Omran Daqneesh, the child whose blood soaked face had become the symbol of suffering in Syria last August after an airstrike had damaged his house? Well, a new video has emerged showing the child and his father. This has been posted by pro-Syrian government news organisations, an Indian Express report has said. A healthier Omran, dressed in blue and white checkered shirt, can be seen running around happily in what is probably his house, the report further said.

The boy’s earleir images were flashed across television screens last August and shared on social media after an airstrike in Aleppo damaged his house. Omran was seen sitting in an ambulance with a blank look, wiping off dust and blood from his face.

His 10-year-old brother Ali lost his life in the incident. However,  it was Omran’s image that led to a public outcry as people and several rights groups discussed how the war affected Syria’s  children.

In the latest video, the boy’s father Mohamad Kheir Daqneesh, said he had “cut his son’s hair and changed his name to protect him from being kidnapped and accused rebels of intimidating the family,” the paper said.   He further added that his son was in good health in Aleppo. The region is under the control of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad currently, after the rebel resistance’s was defeated in Aleppo late last year.

In April this year, a another picture of a photographer holding an injured boy in his arms attracted people’s attention on the social media. As per a CNN, after a bomb attack on buses killing at least 126 people recently, photographer and activist Abd Alkader Habak left his camera behind to rescue many children. In photos and videos, that went viral, Habak is seen breaking down after carrying an injured boy.

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