Boy in Aleppo – level 3

23-08-2016 07:00

Wiping the blood from his face, five-year-old Omran Daqneesh trying to work out what has happened. Another casualty of the war in Syria.

He was pulled from the rubble in Aleppo after his home was targeted by air strikes. Somehow he survived, but at what cost? His hair matted with the dust from his home, his face caked in his own blood. He’s left alone in the ambulance. There’s no one to hold his hand here. And he doesn’t even cry. He just pats his little face, brushing his blood next to him.

At least three people were killed last night in the attack on the rebel-held neighbourhood in the east of the city. Several others were badly injured. This, though, the face of a boy who is supposedly one of the lucky ones.

Difficult words: rubble (pieces of a broken building), matted (mixed together with something like mud), caked (covered), pat (touch quickly with hand), supposedly (according to what people say).



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