CNN anchor fights back tears reporting on a child caught in the Syrian war
'This is Omran. He's alive. We wanted you to know.'
During a Thursday broadcast, CNN anchor Kate Bolduan was brought to tears as she reported on a heartbreaking image from a recent airstrike in Aleppo, Syria.
In the clip below, Bolduan introduces a picture of a bloodied little boy named Omran Daqneesh, whose home was hit by a missile on Wednesday while he and his family were still inside. Struggling to keep her composure, Bolduan explains that the Daqneesh family was pulled out from the rubble of their building alive. According to CNN, it took nearly an hour to dig the family out.
Then, a heartbreaking video is shown of a civil defense worker carrying Omran out of the building and into an ambulance, where he is left alone for several moments.The footage is a sobering reminder of the horrors of war.
“What strikes me is that we shed tears, but there are no tears here,” she says about the footage of Omran. “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 flurry and the fury of chaos. At least three people were killed by this bomb in this neighborhood.”
As Bolduan explains in the segment that more than 250,000 people have died in the past five years of the Syrian civil war, including 4,500 children in Aleppo alone.
“This is Omran. He’s alive. We wanted you to know,” she says at the end of the segment.