This Video Taken In The Aftermath Of The Iran-Iraq Earthquake Is A Perfect Example Of Compassion

"If everyone showed as much empathy as this little boy, the world would be a different place."

On November 12, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the border of Iran and Iraq. The quake, which CNN reported is (so far) the deadliest of 2017, killed at least 452 people and injured thousands more. It was reportedly felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. Another quake struck southeastern Iran on November 30. Although it was less severe, dozens of people were injured.

As with many natural disasters of the earlier quake's magnitude, the recovery effort has been massive and is still ongoing, leaving people to cling to any positive notion they can in the wake of such widespread devastation and destruction. To that end, a touching video shared by Iranian journalist Sadegh Ghorbani on Twitter on November 15 has since gone viral.

In the short clip, which you can watch below, a little boy is seen taking a young girl by the hand and bringing her to a nearby truck that is handing out much-needed food and drinks to those who have been displaced. 


According to Ghorbani, the boy tells the adults handing out food that they didn't give the young girl enough. The boy then waits while the girl is given a carton of food and a soda, and reassuringly pats her on the back multiple times before being given food of his own.

Not surprisingly, Twitter users couldn't get enough of this moving clip. In addition to receiving over 142,000 likes and nearly 60,000 retweets, the video has also netted several thousand comments. Many praised the boy, who looks to be around five or six years old, for his extraordinary show of compassion. Take a look at some of the sweet comments below:

Per the Red Cross, Red Crescent teams are currently on hand in both Iran and Iraq, and they continue to provide lifesaving aid to those impacted by the earthquakes. Though the search and rescue portion of the recovery process is now over, Red Crescent volunteers "are working alongside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to distribute relief supplies such as bottled water, food, kitchen sets, hygiene items, thermoses, kettles, tarps, blankets, and towels." 

For more information on how you can help aid the recovery efforts, please click here.


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