"We can all play together. We will give him a family and he will be our brother."
This letter from a six-year-old boy, who wanted to do his bit to help a refugee in need, is what the world needs right now. Alex, a resident of Scarsdale, New York sent a letter to US President Barack Obama offering his home to Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old boy from Aleppo, Syria. The President shared the contents of the letter at the UNGA in New York during the Leaders' Summit on Refugees.
Omran, whose haunting image caught the attention of the media across the world, also caught the attention of Alex and his family. The little boy says that he will wait for Omran with 'flags, flowers and balloons' and that he and his little sister Catherine will share their toys with him.
While sharing the story at the summit, Obama stated that everyone could learn more about humanity from the little boy. He said, "The humanity that a young child can display 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 can all learn from Alex."
Obama declared in the summit that the United States and organisations participating in the summit increased their contributions to humanitarian appeals in 2016 by $4.5 billion.
As AidRefugees.gov, the White House's venture help refugees states, 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes by violence, persecution, and instability. In light of the increasing hostility towards refugees, Alex's story comes as a breath of fresh air.
First Published On : Sep 22, 2016 20:40 IST