The Story Of This Syrian Teen And His Puppy BFF Will Have You Sobbing Eternally
From the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe, some of the most harrowing and heart-wrenching stories have emerged. In fact, it's estimated that since the country's civil war began in 2011, over 9 million people have been forced to flee the country, resulting in over 200,000 deaths.
But the story of 17-year-old Aslan Al Hakim and his puppy seems to be a bright spot in the dark, grim reality of this crisis. The Syrian teen carried his dog, Rose, 300 miles from the country's war-torn capital, Damascus (which is currently under the rule of President Bashar al-Assad) all the way to Lesbos, Greece.
A United Nations worker in Lesbos captured the unbreakable bond of these two buds on camera, and it is guaranteed to induce all the tears.
In the video, UN worker said to Alan, "Some people will ask, 'you have only a small bag...and you bring your dog? Why?'"
"I love my dog, I say I love my dog," Aslan replied. *Cue the sobbing*
You can check out the full video below -- just prepare yourself for the waterfall of tears that will flow from your eyeballs.