- CNN news anchor Katherine Jean Bolduan got emotional while she was reporting the story of Omran Daqneesh
- Omran is the Syrian boy whose haunting photo became viral online
- “What strikes me is we shed tears but there are no tears here.” – Katherine Jean “Kate” Bolduan
A CNN news anchor became emotional on TV while she was reporting on the story of Omran Daqneesh; the Syrian boy whose haunting photograph became viral online.
While American broadcast journalist Katherine Jean “Kate” Bolduan was talking about how 5-year-old Omran was rescued beneath the rubble of their house, which was among those that were destroyed by an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria on August 17, she paused for a while to regain her composure before continuing her report.
Huffington Post quoted her as saying as she pointed at the picture of Omran, who was seen sitting dazed and bloodied: “What strikes me is we shed tears but there are no tears here.”
“He doesn’t cry once, That little boy is in total shock. He’s stunned, inside his home in one moment and next, lost in the flurry and fury of war and chaos,” she added.
As seen on the video posted by the Aleppo Media Center, Omran was carried by a civil defense worker to the ambulance, but unlike a child’s usual reaction, he was not crying during the rescue. He just sat there expressionless.
According to an article published by ABC, the nurse who treated him said that Omran didn’t even cry even as he was being treated.
The spokesman of the Aleppo Media Center said that the child was in extreme shock; didn’t say anything except ask for his parents. And when he saw them, that’s when he started crying.
Bolduan ended her report saying: “This is Omran, he’s alive. He wanted you to know.”
Watch her report here.