Moroccan boy's death sparks an outpouring of sympathy

4/4 © Reuters. People stand near the site where rescuers retrieved yesterday the body of 5-year-old child, Rayan Awram, near Chefchaouen, Morocco February 6, 2022. REUTERS/Abdelhak Balhaki 2/4 RABAT (Reuters) - The death of 5-year-old Rayan Awram despite a massive effort to rescue him from a deep well sparked an outpouring of sympathy on Sunday, from his village in northern Morocco to the Vatican, from King Mohammed to international football clubs. The saga of the ultimately failed rescue attempt gripped the country and many people abroad for days. Rayan fell into the well in Ighran village near the town of Chefchaouen on Tuesday and his body was finally pulled out late on Saturday, following an operation that involved cutting much of the adjacent hillside and then tunneling toward the bottom of the well to reach the child. Many of the weary rescue workers and the hundreds of people who had gathered around the well hoping for good news burst into tears when they heard Rayan was dead. “I heard people shout in jubilation after the boy was found thinking he was alive but then we learnt he was not. I never felt this sad,” an onlooker called Noureddine told Reuters. The boy's parents spoke to state Al Oula TV after their son's body was recovered. "This is God's will. I thank all for their efforts to help," Rayan's mother Ouassima Kharchich said, her voice strained with grief and barely audible. "We thank so much the people and authorities... who helped us," the father, Khalid Awram, said. King Mohammed expressed condolences to the parents in a phone call on Saturday night, a palace statement said. It was not yet clear when the funeral would take place, but well-wishers travelled to the village on Sunday to offer condolences to the family. "We feel that people are sorry, we are all sorry. We have no other choice. The father, the mother, the grandmothers and uncles," an uncle of the child, Mohammed Kharshish, told Reuters TV on Sunday. "May God give us patience." Pope Francis praised the people of Morocco for coming together to try to rescue the boy. "The people clung together, as a whole, to save Rayan, they worked together to save a child," the pope said during his weekly blessing in St. Peter's Square. "(The rescuers) tried their best, unfortunately they did not make it," he said. French President Emmanuel Macron said he felt the pain of Rayan’s family and of Moroccans. Soccer clubs including Liverpool FC, Manchester United, FC Barcelona‮ ‬and FC Sevilla also expressed condolences on their Arabic Twitter (NYSE:) accounts. Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Moroccan boy's death sparks an outpouring of sympathy
4/4 Moroccan boy's death sparks an outpouring of sympathy© Reuters. People stand near the site where rescuers retrieved yesterday the body of 5-year-old child, Rayan Awram, near Chefchaouen, Morocco February 6, 2022. REUTERS/Abdelhak Balhaki 2/4

RABAT (Reuters) - The death of 5-year-old Rayan Awram despite a massive effort to rescue him from a deep well sparked an outpouring of sympathy on Sunday, from his village in northern Morocco to the Vatican, from King Mohammed to international football clubs.

The saga of the ultimately failed rescue attempt gripped the country and many people abroad for days.

Rayan fell into the well in Ighran village near the town of Chefchaouen on Tuesday and his body was finally pulled out late on Saturday, following an operation that involved cutting much of the adjacent hillside and then tunneling toward the bottom of the well to reach the child.

Many of the weary rescue workers and the hundreds of people who had gathered around the well hoping for good news burst into tears when they heard Rayan was dead.

“I heard people shout in jubilation after the boy was found thinking he was alive but then we learnt he was not. I never felt this sad,” an onlooker called Noureddine told Reuters.

The boy's parents spoke to state Al Oula TV after their son's body was recovered.

"This is God's will. I thank all for their efforts to help," Rayan's mother Ouassima Kharchich said, her voice strained with grief and barely audible.

"We thank so much the people and authorities... who helped us," the father, Khalid Awram, said.

King Mohammed expressed condolences to the parents in a phone call on Saturday night, a palace statement said.

It was not yet clear when the funeral would take place, but well-wishers travelled to the village on Sunday to offer condolences to the family.

"We feel that people are sorry, we are all sorry. We have no other choice. The father, the mother, the grandmothers and uncles," an uncle of the child, Mohammed Kharshish, told Reuters TV on Sunday. "May God give us patience."

Pope Francis praised the people of Morocco for coming together to try to rescue the boy.

"The people clung together, as a whole, to save Rayan, they worked together to save a child," the pope said during his weekly blessing in St. Peter's Square. "(The rescuers) tried their best, unfortunately they did not make it," he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he felt the pain of Rayan’s family and of Moroccans.

Soccer clubs including Liverpool FC, Manchester United, FC Barcelona‮ ‬and FC Sevilla also expressed condolences on their Arabic Twitter (NYSE:) accounts.

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.