Where Are the Images of Yemen’s Dead and Wounded Children?

August 30, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Omran Daqneesh
Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian child victim of bombing by the Assad regime, whose image has gone viral in the Western media.

On August 17, a video clip went viral, generating global outrage. Omran Daqneesh, an adorable-looking five-year-old boy with shaggy, disheveled brown hair, is shown sitting traumatized in a medical van, his face is caked with blood and dirt, his left eye socket damaged. If you have feelings, especially for innocent young children, this scene can’t help but tear at you. The U.S. media understands this and has been repeatedly featuring this image, and condemning the perpetrators of such an atrocity.

You see, Omran Daqneesh is Syrian. His family lives in Aleppo, which is now under siege and being bombed by forces the U.S. rulers oppose: Syria’s blood-soaked ruler Bashir Assad and his Russian imperialist backers.

What you don’t see in the U.S. media are pictures of the hundreds if not thousands of children living 1,700 miles south and east of Omran. Children who are just as adorable, just as innocent, and just as terrorized, brutalized and, all too often, dead. You don’t see pictures of these children because they’re Yemeni, and the bombs being dropped on them are made in the USA.

Once again, the U.S.’s vaunted “free press” proves itself to be a craven propaganda tool of the U.S. ruling class, evoking “humanitarian” concern for children only when it serves their bloodthirsty imperialist interests.

This girl is one of 9 million children across Yemen struggling to get access to safe water. This girl is one of 9 million children across Yemen struggling to get access to safe water. (Photo: @UNICEF/Twitter)
At least 174 schools have been destroyed in Yemen by Saudi bombings.
At least 174 schools like the one above have been destroyed in Yemen by Saudi bombings. (Photo: @YemenPostNews/Twitter)


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