A six-year-old boy named Alex has written to the White House offering a place to stay for Omar Daqneesh. Omar was injured in an airstrike in Syria and pictures of him sitting in an ambulance shocked the world.
The letter, handwritten by Alex was published by the White House:
Here’s the transcript:
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!
6 years old
There are many things we can learn from children like Alex. Such as innocence, kindness and generosity without any pre-conditions. Maybe if we all looked at the world through a child’s perspective, we will be able to solve many of world’s conflicts.