We Don’t Know How Well We Have Things Over Here

When the gunmen began to slaughter his family, 11-year-old Ali el-Sayed says he fell to the floor of his home, soaking his clothes with his brother’s blood to fool the killers into thinking he was already dead.

The Syrian boy tried to stop himself from trembling, even as the gunmen, with long beards and shaved heads, killed his parents and all four of his siblings, one by one.

The youngest to die was Ali’s brother, 6-year-old Nader. His small body bore two bullet holes — one in his head, another in his back.

“I put my brother’s blood all over me and acted like I was dead,” Ali told The Associated Press over Skype on Wednesday, his raspy voice steady and matter-of-fact, five days after the killing spree that left him both an orphan and an only child.

More on the Syrian violence at Time.

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1 Response to We Don’t Know How Well We Have Things Over Here

  1. Stefanie says:

    I remind my husband of this all the time – that we are so lucky to live where we live and in utter peace. My heart goes out to Ali. That is a lot of hurt for one little guy and I'm sure there are other stories that are similar. If he were here, he would always have a place in our home.

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