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The pictures of 5-year-old Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh sitting dazed and bloodied Wednesday in the back of an ambulance have rightly sparked worldwide anger and sympathy. We are also all perplexed by the world's apparent unwillingness or inability to stop the mass destruction and suffering across Syria. Like the death by drowning of 3-year-old Syrian child Aylan Kurdi a year ago, this single incident captures the Syrian war's wider circles of human suffering.There is nothing as powerful as a traumatized and helpless innocent child to evoke strong revulsion about events in Syria, or any other such conflict. The attack that injured Omran and his family also resulted in the death of eight civilians.Omran's ordeal is that of a single child, but the intense rage it elicits across Syria and the Arab world reflects a much older, deeper and wider familiarity with the many ways that innocent Arab civilians can die in their own homes and communities.The day after Omran's picture captured the hearts and conscience of the entire world, Amnesty International issued a report that documented over 17,000 deaths in Syrian government jails in the past five years.
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