US boy asks Obama if he can adopt Syrian refugee

US boy asks Obama if he can adopt Syrian refugee

Written by Staff Writer

24 Sep, 2016 | 10:14 am

A six-year-old boy from New York has won the respect of US President Barack Obama, and thousands of others, after he offered to take in Omran Daqneesh, a little boy who was injured in Aleppo, Syria when it was bombed.

Alex, from New York, wrote the letter after seeing the photograph of bloodied and dazed Omran Daqneesh, which prompted outrage around the world.

President Obama said the letter was from a child “who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious, or fearful”.

Apparently the video has been shared more than 60,000 times on Facebook.

In a handwritten letter sent to the White House, Alex asked Obama to go and collect Omran and bring him to his house where “we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons.”

Alex said that Omran could be part of his family, and offered to be his brother. He said he would teach him how to speak English, to ride a bike and added that his sister Catherine would share her toys with him.

Obama read Alex’s words aloud in a speech he gave at the United Nations earlier this week, before posting a video of Alex reading the letter himself to Facebook.

In his message, Obama asked people to read the letter to “understand why he had decided to share it with the world.”

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