Boy who survived airstrike: The dazed and bloodied face of Syria’s civil war

He stares, bloodied, frightened and confused, into the camera. His world is shattered - another young victim of Syria’s relentless civil war. This image, released by opposition activists, has been seen around the world and has become a symbol of the devastation being wrought during years of fighting. The boy, five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, was caught in the latest Russian airstrike on the besieged city of Aleppo. Sitting in an orange seat in an ambulance, covered in dust, he waits for treatment, unsure if he will ever see his family again.

His name is Omran. He is 5yr old. He has known NOTHING but war his ENTIRE life. Imagine he was YOUR child. #Aleppo

Journalist Anna Ahronheim

Opposition activists said there were eight casualties, among them five children, from the air strike on rebel-held Qaterji. Omran is seen in video footage being carried from the rubble by an ambulance worker and placed on the chair. Weary and dazed, he wipes the blood from his face and looks at it briefly. Two other children are carried from the building and put in the ambulance. Osama was treated at a hospital in the city and discharged. It is not known what happened to his family.

The drowning of Aylan Kurdi didn’t move the world to action. The terror in little Omran’s eyes in #Aleppo won’t either.

Twitter user Joey Ayoub