6-year-old Alex, from Scarsdale, New York has a heartfelt request that is going viral this week after the White House released a video of him reading aloud part of a letter he wrote President Barack Obama.
saw the famous image of Omran Daqneesh, a 5-year-old boy from Syria, sitting in shock in the back of an ambulance, trying to wipe the blood and ash from his face and hands.
The powerful photo drew an emotional response from people across the world, including Alex. So, he decided to write a letter to President Obama with a simple request: Help my family adopt Omran.
The letter starts, “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 our home? Park in the driveway or on the street and we’ll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”
The video cuts to President Obama reading Alex’s letter at the United Nations’ Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on Tuesday in New York.
“These are the words of a 6-year-old boy,” Obama said. “He teaches us a lot. The humanity that a young child can display, who hasn’t learned to be cynical or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of where they are from or how they look or how they pray. We can all learn from Alex.”
According to an article in Time Magazine, Omran’s family was forced from their home and live in another small house in Aleppo. Tragically, his is 10-year-old brother, Ali, died from injuries sustained in that airstrike.