"He will be our brother."
T he heartwrenching story of a small boy from the Syria's civil war will make you rush for tissues. I can say this for sure as it prompted a 6-year-old boy to write a letter to President Obama. The letter made him so emotional that the White House has published it and the short video of the boy, Alex. Read on to the story for the letter and the video.
..a letter to Barack Obama.
...who was wounded in an airstrike in Aleppo.
"We will give him a family and he will be our brother, Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together."
..."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."
"And maybe sometimes we forget that the only rationale for doing it is to help that little boy."
He said this while addressing the fellow leaders.
"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 [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan.
Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won't bring toys and doesn't have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny. And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine's lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn't let anyone touch it.
Thank you very much! I can't wait for you to come!
6 years old"