Omran Daqneesh was only 5 when a bomb hit his home during the sunset call to prayer. Omran and his family members were rescued just before their apartment building collapsed.
The dramatic rescue was captured on video.
Omran’s story touched many, including CNN anchor Kate Bolduan, who cried up on air as she reported his story.
One little boy in America decided that he wanted to help.
Alex, a 6-year-old from Scarsdale, N.Y., wrote President Obama a letter saying that he wanted Omran to be a part of his family.
“Dear President Obama,” wrote Alex. “Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to our home?”
Alex wanted to give Omran a family.
He gave the president specific instructions in his letter, explaining that his family would greet Omran with “flags, flowers and balloons.” Alex wrote that “We will give him a family, and he will be our brother.”
Alex promised to introduce Omran to another boy in his school from Syria, named Omar. He promised that they would play together.
Alex said that Omran could teach his family a different language and play with his and his sister’s toys.
President Obama read Alex’s letter to the United Nations, saying that “[Alex] teaches us a lot.”
He praised “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’re from or how they look or how they pray” in a speech about refugees.
The White House shared pictures of Alex’s letter.
The president reads ten letters a day from American citizens.