A photograph of a young boy, bloodied and dazed as he was treated for his wounds, became a symbol of struggle and conflict in Syria.
When the image of Omran Daqneesh sitting in the back of an ambulance, caked in blood and masonry dust was beamed around the world, it evoked an unprecedented emotional reaction to the airstrikes in Aleppo.
But, new footage of Omran, now five years old, has shown the youngster is happy and healthy with his family at home.
Last year, the Daqneesh family home was decimated by one of many lethal airstrikes. Omran, the youngest son, was pulled out of the rubble, covered in blood and debris, his face stained with tears.
Omran’s older brother, Ali, was killed in the blast. He was just 10.
You can watch Omran smile and laugh, despite his hardships, in the clip below:
Speaking in the family home in Aleppo, Omran’s father told a pro-Assad Lebanese broadcaster, Al-Mayadeen, he believes the now iconic image of his wounded son was used by the opposition as propaganda.
Pro-regime journalist Kinana Allouche tweeted a picture of Omran with the caption:
The child Omran, those who tried to shed Syrian blood mislead the news that he was hit by the Syrian Arab Army. Here he now lives in the Syrian state with its army, its leader and its people.
You can watch Mohammad Kheir Daqneesh make his assertions in the footage below:
Allouche and the channel for which she works have previously been accused of being a mouthpiece for the Syrian state, after she took a selfie with the dead bodies of those fallen in conflict.
This footage just illustrates the tragedy of innocent civilians getting caught up in the political and military cross-fire between violent oppositions, who are willing to kill for dominance.
If you want to make a difference, you can donate to the Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal.
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