6-year-old boy offers Syrian refugee a home in letter to President Obama

WASHINGTON – Last month the world was impacted by images of Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian child sitting dazed and bloodied in an ambulance after an airstrike in Aleppo. Now, a 6-year-old from New York is offering the boy a home with his family.


Omran Daqneesh

President Obama shared a copy of the letter from Alex to the president. Alex asks to bring Omran to his home in Scarsdale, New York.

“Can you please go get him and bring him,” he wrote. “We’ll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”

A video featuring Alex reading his letter out was recorded last week after the United Nations summit. The president’s video on Facebook has been viewed more than 10 million times and shared over 190,000 times, as of Thursday afternoon.

“We should all be more like Alex. Imagine what the world would look like if we were,” the president said in his post. “Imagine the suffering we could ease and the lives we could save.”

Here is a transcript of the letter:

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!