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Man thinks his young son was killed, discovers he wasn’t, absolutely breaks down

Aug 28, 2013 By Abraham

In the Syrian town of Zamalka, a father recently thought his little boy had been killed in attacks by regime forces. But a few days ago, he discovered that, in fact, the boy was alive and well. It’s hard to imagine the overwhelming surge of almost painful joy that must have caused.

In the clip, a group of men, themselves nearly overcome with emotion, show up at the father’s house with the boy. After about a minute the father comes out and sees his son alive…

Of course, the video doesn’t focus at all on the reunion of the boy with his mother, but that may be what is happening between 2:10 and 3:45.

(via The Washington Post)


  1. Paula says:

    Yeah, go ahead, thank Allah. (1:20) Religion is why people are always at war in the first place. Where are the women, in the kitchen??
    And I am so tired of seeing the women covered up as if they’re evil and the men can rape and terrorize and blame them even when they’re swaddled in blankets in the desert. Religion is evil. Don’t forget, Christians, it was your turn in the Inquisition years and still now if it’s Catholicism.

    1. Anon says:

      Way to turn a basic human emotion–the reunion of a father and son–into a soapbox for your views. I pity you, truly. If I were so bitter and shrivelled up inside I think I might just throw myself off a cliff for the sheer relief of it.

      1. ally williams says:

        I agree with you. This was a wonderful story about a reunion between a father and his son. I do not see how people can see a wonderful story like this and change it to further their own views!

    2. Mobius Dumpling says:

      Actually, these wars are usually the cause of petty politics and corrupt leadership. Religion is used as a tool, a rallying device and a mechanism of control. Religion is basically never the case of these wars, just like it wasn’t the cause of the crusades.

      I think religion is destructive as well, but just because of its cult-like qualities, that give the leadership a strong mechanism of control over people. But religion is not the cause of these wars.

      Similarly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also not about religion. It is about control of land and money, and about giving people an enemy so that the leadership can keep squandering both peoples’ resources (a-la 1984).

    3. Anthony says:

      People are the reason people are at war. The only common denominator to every conflict in the history of humanity is humanity. We usurp any cause to justify greed, hatred, pride, and murder. The problem is inside us.

    4. Justin says:

      This is a video of a father’s relief upon seeing the face of the son he thought was lost to him forever, and you’re spewing racism and hatred. Get off your soapbox, and while you’re at it, how about you stuff it where the sun doesn’t shine? That is, if there’s still enough room, what with your head lodged so far up there already.

    5. Carla says:

      Our God-given instinct is to love and protect our children, whatever our religion. I pray for these people, but it makes me wonder about the parents who allow their children to be slaughtered through abortion. The parents will never know the love they’re missing. I can’t imagine anything would be more painful than the loss of a child.

    6. dave says:

      I know that cultures that keep women in subservient roles do not fit into our “advanced” philosophy, and that it certainly shows a lack of social evolution to keep them in the kitchen, especially during a moment lie this. But I am sure they think that a culture that uses large-breasted, bikini-clad women to sell beer is equally deserving of criticism. As to the “praise Allah” exclamations, I believe that even an American atheist/agnostic would be so overcome with emotion that they would be shouting “thank God” until their heart stopped pounding with joy. (At least I would hope that we would be able to allow that much emotion to flow through our hearts during a moment like this.)
      I simply believe that–before we cast the first stone–we must examine the moral fiber within our own reactions, cultures, philosophies, and agenda.

    7. kiran says:

      No offense but your opinion doesn’t matter. If you feel that you have the right to tell me what a muslim women can/ cannot wear you are the oppressor. So please, as a muslim girl i am accepting of everyone wether you are an atheist, Christian, liberal, conservative, straight, or gay. i would appreciate that same in return and your close minded beliefs on what is freedom and what is not is only one of the problems we have to face in the world.

    8. Dan says:

      Paula, if that was truly the thoughts that came to your mind while watching this video, I feel comfortable in saying that you are a cynical, cold-hearted person. Enjoy

    1. Ed says:

      Lol! I used to get all riled up when I’d read comments like Paula’s, but I recently went through an amazing personal experience and now I just LOL at people like her. It’s sad and often upsetting but there’s no need to make her problems ours too. We just have to laugh, say a prayer for her if we’re inclined to, and be on our merry way :)

  2. Amanda Martin says:

    I can see her point. The whole things wrong somehow: the war, the annoying individual shouting something about Allah in the background, the complete and bizarre absence of women and the wailing child amid all that chaos and noise. In spite of the obvious emotion of the young father and what should have been a joyful occasion, I found it disturbing.

    All cultures in which the female influence is subservient or absent from public life are intellectually and socially crippled, brutalised and dysfunctional and that was the overwhelming message I got from this video.

    1. Karen says:

      I had the same reaction to this video. Everything seemed “off” about it. No women were in evidence at all until near the end, and just the one, completely shrouded. I agree with Paula too. All the gesticulating, shouting, Allah akbaring, and itwas the stupid, worthless religions that started all this in the first place.

      1. Leila says:

        “Stupid, worthless religions” ?!?!? Seriously? How, how can you say that. On this blog of comedy, cuteness, and above all, openness. This makes me sad inside. And I’m not religious myself, just thankfully, more openminded than Karen.

        This is a beautiful moment, with genuine emotion. Lets not make this video about any more. He’s shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’, which means ‘Praise be to God’ which is what any Christian, or person of any religion is likely to shout if their friend’s son magically came back to life. It may be annoying for you, but this moment was not ‘for’ the video. It was ‘for’ this man, and his friends and family, and YOU chose to watch it.

        (Agh, responding angrily to people’s views – I’m such a newb!)

      2. Paul says:

        We can expect much more of this nonsense if the current secular regime is brought down by the West and these brutes are allowed to rule in their stead. Long live Bashar al-Assad!

      3. Justin says:

        “itwas the stupid, worthless religions that started all this in the first place.”

        I’m not fan of religion, but I’d like to point out the fact that it has absolutely nothing to do with the Syrian conflict. This entire conflict began, not because of religion, but purely through the cruelty of the brutal (and secular) Assad regime. These people were thanking their god for the survival of this child, because it’s the only thing they can think to do, and all people on this page can do is whine that they’re thanking the “wrong” god.

        You all make me sick.

    2. Justin says:

      That “annoying individual” was reciting the Takbir. It’s the Muslim equivalent of shouting/chanting “thank god” or “hallelujah.” You found it disturbing because that is the typical Western response to any culture that isn’t their own.

    3. Erin says:

      So they’re witnessing the reunion of a father with his presumed dead son, an incredibly rare relief in the middle of a brutal conflict that has ruined their lives, and you think it’s weird of them to say “thank God”?

      Also, the covering the woman has over her face is not your standard-issue niqab — it looks like she just pulled her headscarf over her face, maybe because they were recording a video. I have many friends in the Middle East and, much like here, not all like having their picture taken, which is not a big deal. Who cares?

    4. kiran says:

      You have to understand that if you are of religious faith to some people it plays a large role in there life. if you son comes back after you thought he had dies that is the biggest miracle a person of faith has seen, or those around him. So really its just an overwhelming moment when all you can thank is God.

  3. H says:

    That seemed like a total clusterf***. Why are they holding him back? They needed to shut up and stay out of it and let the man have his son without it being total chaos all the time. All of those people seemed like they were trying to ruin the moment. I’m glad he got his son back.

    1. Jess says:

      This man had been mourning his son for who knows how long, when some friends when ahead to tell him he was alive he went weak. They weren’t holding him back, they were holding him UP! They were doing their best to bring their frantic friend back towards the boy he thought he’d never be able to kiss, or to hold again. Moments like this are chaotic, but this is chaos at it’s finest. Moments like these are worth living and dying for – may all beings grow to know peace

    2. Jody says:

      My thoughts on the men holding the father back was that he might frighten the boy. The child was maybe two? There was a lot of shouting and emotions. All too much for a baby. I’m thankful there was a woman there to calm the boy. I think it is natural for a human being to praise their god when somewhat of a miracle happens. I think all the men got caught up in the moment, they weren’t trying to ruin it. My two cents.

  4. AZ says:

    All of you do realise it’s all about perspective right? ‘Something just seems a bit off’ of course it feels off, it’s different from how we live. The lack of women disturbs you? It’s a violent situation! The group of men who found the boy took him home, there was no female involvement as such or maybe they didn’t focus on it which is not a big deal. The chaos and the war and the mention of religion so disturbing to all of you is normal for all of them. Aside from all the lack of females nothing in this video should have been ‘disturbing’. Their Allahukbaring is no different from cries of ‘thank god!’. We are very religiously inclined as well, it sounds annoying when allah is mentioned but then why does mentioning god not make us feel weird at all. And its a situation that invokes chaos, you expect them to be calm? They are all over whelmed!
    I’m so tired of this superior attitude that everyone has. Fine our women are more liberated than theirs but its not like there aren’t problems, we have our own sets of issues to deal with and they have their own. The entire clash of cultures is because they refuse to compromise some of their ways and we refuse to be satisfied unless everyone looks like a version of us

    1. Michelle says:

      Damn right. Did it ever occur to anyone that when they held the father back it was so they could take him to his mother?

  5. Sarah says:

    I wish I knew what they were saying. Can anyone translate?

    I love how gingerly the father was holding his boy. I teared up a bit!

  6. Kim says:

    Did it ever occur to those of you who have such nasty things to say that the boy’s mother may have been killed? It’s doubtful he was there alone. Why can’t you just see this beautiful reunion for what it is?

    1. Nate says:

      Kim, that’s what it seems like to me. Especially the fathers reaction on the couch holding the boy. I would suspect the mother was killed when they thought the boy was.

  7. Kristina says:

    Guys, different does not equal disturbing. American culture has a rather extreme respect for privacy and personal space; this culture obviously values brotherly care and physical touch. They were obviously being very loving and the father appeared to appreciate it.

  8. B says:

    Ugh, why, why post a video like this. It just gives an opportunity for stupid religious debates that are a waste of everyone’s time. I swear, this site loves to post things to rile up the masses. You do realize that every time we all get into a fight here, we’re all just puppets, right? Somewhere, the site master is laughing maniacly and saying, “Dance, puppets, dance!”

  9. Spot says:

    Having lived in that part of the world, chances are that most of these men are family and from the same small village. The birth of a son would have been a big deal in the community. They probably all grew up together and the loss of the boy shook everyone. Seeing this boy brought back was a big deal to everyone. In light of all those men in the home, the women/mother (if she was alive) was kept aside as is the custom. It appears that a female does come in and takes the boy near the end. It also looks like the older man with the cigarette is telling everyone to leave now. To give them space. It was beautiful and I cried. I’m so glad he got his baby back!

  10. Frimmy says:

    I started reading comments here and I don’t know WTF happened so I stopped reading them. So if someone already said what I’m about to say, I apologize. This man reacted the same way I or my son’s father would have reacted if our son had been reunited with us in the same way. He reacted the same way any normal father/parent would have reacted anywhere on this planet. Why the hell can’t we stop killing each other?

  11. nines says:

    Oh. My. God.

    They’re running this stuff to make you feel okay about bombing Syrians to pink mist!

    Don’t you LEARN?

    How do you even know the people in this video are Syrian, let alone whether they support the regime or the black ops we sent in there?

    Come ON. Make it stop! Quit bickering about total twaddle! The whole world is at stake! World War III is almost upon us! And OUR GOVERNMENT is trying to start it! They don’t care any more for these people than they do for grits of dirt in their boot treads!

    For the love of the cosmos, wake up!

    1. Justin says:

      Exactly how would this video make us feel “better” about the idea of taking military action in Syria? If anything it should make us all take pause and realize that these are living, breathing people, not demonic caricatures to be snarled at. These are the kind of people who suffer in a conflict like the one in Syria.

      Did you even watch the video?

      1. nines says:

        Yes, I watched it all the way through and I cried.

        Exactly how this video would make us feel “better” about military action is the DELUSION that we will be saving people like this from this kind of trauma… sort of like we had to listen to the LIES about incubator babies being thrown on the floor in Kuwait before we attacked Iraq back in ’91.

        They show this heart-wrenching stuff, whether actual or having to be doctored, to make our emotions flow in the direction of letting them slaughter people for unspeakably huge PROFIT.

        Time and again vigilant people have caught them, the psychopaths in charge, using images and videos from their own war crimes to vilify their targets. They know we don’t know Lebanon from Gaza, or Iraq from Syria, or freedom fighters from terrorists, and they know we will look at a video like this and immediately feel compassion for the poor, helpless, Syrians who oppose Assad.

        Well, the so-called Syrian Opposition is NOT Syrian. They’re MERCENARIES from all over that our tax dollars pay to go where the psychopaths in charge point them.

        And, finally, I am a woman. I have women friends in the Middle East. Most of them WANT things the way they are, burkas and all. A couple of them aren’t fond of the dress code, but both admit it makes life a lot easier, and less expensive, AND removes the class distinctions, allowing them to interact as equals. ALL of them are adamant that they don’t want us butting into their business with our bombs and death squads and lethal sanctions. That, too, the “oppression” of women, is a damn story the media hype to make us want them butting in. Any excuse to think it might be a righteous engagement instead of what it is. Slaughter for profit and global control.

  12. zlowrie says:

    i have 3 young sons and i can’t even imagine, nor want to imagine, what this is like. i found a few tears coming down.

  13. Bassem says:

    At the beginning they were debating whether to go in or bring the family out. People were telling the father to calm down, may be he’s recovering from an injury too. The old guy at the end started cursing at Bashar and prayed he suffers as much as these people suffered. The people around him started recounting how many immediate family they lost in the recent attack and started consoling each other.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you, Bassem! I really wanted to understand what everyone was saying. What was the father saying to his little boy when he was holding and kissing him at the end?

      1. Bassem says:

        You’re welcome. Glad to see humans like you who see this and have some compassion towards fellow humans.. can’t believe some saw it and thought it’s a good place to bicker about feminism and athiesm.
        I couldn’t make out the exact words, it was like how are you daddy, are you ok daddy (yes, Syrians bizarrely address their kids as daddy “baba” as a term of endearment :) ) Then he started thanking god.

  14. jane joseph says:

    Bassem Thank you for some translation. Maybe the cold jerks will see that we are all alike in our love for our children. This is not the time to debate it is the time to take joy in a father’s purity of love for his child. We are praying for the people of Syria.

  15. jane joseph says:

    By the way, Bassem, Not so bizarre` Hispanics often call their children “mama” and “daddy” That is how I was raised. :) Perhaps it is Americans that are bizarre.

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