A group of orphans whose heartbreaking plea to be rescued from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo was shared around the world have arrived safely in neighbouring Idlib province.
“This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration,” Unicef said in a statement in Monday (Dec 19).
“The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria.”
In the video, 10-year-old Yasmeen Farmouz recalls how her parents were killed by airstrikes in Syria.
Describing the other 47 children in the orphanage as her brothers and sisters, the young girl goes on to explain what life is like for the children of Aleppo.
"We have not been able to leave because of the airstrikes, and we are scared of the continuous shelling," she explains. "All we want is to live like any other child in this world.”
The video was posted by Aleppo-based Halab Today TV on Dec 14 and quickly began to circulate on social media.
It showed the desperation of those left in rebel-held areas of the city as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces closed in.
The video surfaced before a second ceasefire deal to evacuate civilians and fighters from the city was reached.
The operation was suspended last Friday, a day after convoys of evacuees had begun leaving the rebel sector under a deal allowing the regime to take full control of the battleground city.
But it was under way again on Monday.
Aleppo has seen some of the worst violence during the nearly six-year war, which has killed more than 310,000 people - 15,000 of them children.