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Obama shares video of child offering home to refugee

Statesman News Service |

US President Barack Obama shared a video of a young American boy who wrote asking to host Omran Daqneesh, a 5-year-old Syrian child who’s picture went viral earlier this month.

The image of five-year-old Omran sitting alone in an ambulance, covered in dust and blood, shocked the world and inspired six-year-old Alex, from Scarsdale, New York, to take action.

On Thursday, President Obama posted a video of Alex reciting his letter, CBS News reported.

"Dear President Obama, remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria?" Alex asked in the video. "Can you please pick him up and bring him to our home?"

Alex said he has a friend at school from Syria, and "we can all play together".

In less than 10 hours, the video posted on Obama’s Facebook page earned 106 thousand likes and was viewed more than 3 million times.

"Alex told me that he wanted Omran to come live with him and his family. He wanted to share his bike, and teach him how to ride. He said his little sister would collect butterflies for him," Obama wrote on Facebook.

It gives a tour of Alex’s home as he reads about sharing his toys with Omaran, inviting him to birthday parties and hoping he will "teach us another language", ABC News reported

"The humanity that a young child can display who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of how they look or where they’re from or how they pray," Obama says in the video, adding "We can all learn from Alex".