ATLANTA — Kate Bolduan was visibly moved while reporting live on CNN about a boy who was pulled from the rubble after a deadly air strike in Syria.
The boy’s face is bloody and his entire body is covered with soot.
Bolduan starts, then pauses, clears her throat, blinks several times and sighs before taking a breath and continuing her report on the aftermath of the air strike.
Her voice quavers as she explains that the boy’s home in Aleppo was destroyed and he was buried.
You can hear chaotic screaming and shouting at as emergency crews put the boy, named Omran, in an ambulance. He sits perfectly still, then touches his bloody head, looks at his palm and wipes it on the seat.
“Omran is left inside that ambulance, alone, bloodied, as rescuers go back into the rubble looking for any one else who may have survived,” Bolduan reports.
Her voice cracks and she almost puts her hand over her mouth, but stops herself.
“What strikes me is we shed tears, but there are no tears here,” she said, struggling to hold back tears. “He doesn’t cry once. That little boy is in total shock. He’s stunned, inside his home one moment and the next, lost in the fury and the flurry of war and chaos.”
At least three people were killed in the bomb, Bolduan reports.
“This is Omran. He’s alive. We wanted you to know,” she finishes.
“Bolduan is a reporter who asks tough questions and is often expressive and emphatic when she does it. Today, however, she was expressive in a very different way,” CNN said.
The response on Twitter was a combination of admiration and outrage that Bolduan didn’t show as much emotion while reporting on people lost in the devastating flooding in Louisiana or in recent police shootings.
— Mariano Castillo (@marianowrites) August 18, 2016
.@KateBolduan Now, about the homeless, devastated & drowning kids in Louisiana…..
Oh, that's right… huh, wha? https://t.co/TsFgd1TRsY
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) August 18, 2016
— Save the Children US (@SavetheChildren) August 18, 2016
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) August 18, 2016