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A Doll for Syrian Child Omran Daqneesh | Insta of the Week

"Ever since I [saw] the image with the the little boy saved from the rubble in Aleppo, it has been haunting me."

A photo posted by Dan Cretu (@dan_cretu) on

Sep 21, 2016 at 5:53am PDT

In August, a heartbreaking image of an injured child sitting on an orange Aleppo ambulance chair became a symbol for the horrors of the ongoing conflict. President Obama revisited the child, who is named Omran Daqneesh, in a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, quoting a young American boy who wrote a letter to the White House asking to adopt Daqneesh. For International Peace Day on Wednesday, Romanian artist Dan Cretu posted his own tribute to Daqneesh, a mannequin in the boy's image called Sufference Doll. He's offering to send his work to whomever donates the most to Save the Children, a charity devoted to sparing kids the worst of life as a refugee.


"Ever since I [saw] the image with the the little boy saved from the rubble in Aleppo, it has been haunting me. As every parent, I was shocked by the situation, asking myself what I would do if little Omran Daqneesh were my kid," Cretu writes on Instagram. Normally known for clever, sculptural food photography, in this post Cretu allows himself to be serious. "When I watched the video later that day, what impressed me was his quietude. At only 5 years of age, little Omran did not seem scared, did not scream, did not cry. He was staying still on that orange chair, like a living doll. But unlike the dolls our kids play with, he was covered in dust, and bleeding."

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