Rayan Oram, a five-year-old Moroccan kid whose body was discovered in a well on Saturday and whose fate had touched his country and the world, has been remembered.
The news of Rayan’s death, which came after a large four-day rescue mission, shocked Morocco and prompted condolences and appreciation to the search teams.
Khaled Oram and Wassima Khersheesh, his parents, thanked everyone who had worked so hard to save their son.
His mother told Al Oula TV, “This is God’s will.” “I appreciate everyone’s attempts to assist.”
Morocco’s prime minister, Aziz Akhannouch, expressed his condolences on behalf of the government, saying, “I learned with great grief and sorrow of the death, after days of agony, and the hope of finding him alive.”
Condoléances à la famille du petit #Rayan et au peuple marocain mobilisé avec les équipes de secours. De tout ❤ avec vous.
— Hélène Le Gal (@HeleneLeGal) February 5, 2022
“I want to say to the family of child Rayan and to the Moroccan people that we share your pain and grief,” French President Emmanuel Macron stated.
The collaborative efforts and humanity demonstrated during the rescue attempt inspired Pope Francis, he said.
Amid so much bad news, there are good things. Today I would like to mention two: one, in Morocco, where an entire people worked to save a child, Rayan. thank you to these people for their witness.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 6, 2022
On Sunday, the pontiff stated, “We’re used to seeing, reading in the media, so many horrible things, ugly news, accidents, killings.” He did say, though, that it had been “wonderful” to see Moroccans cling to one another as they attempted to save Rayan.
Ismael Bennacer, an Algerian midfielder for AC Milan, paid tribute with a photo of a young youngster rising into the sky while carrying a heart-shaped balloon in Moroccan flag colors.
“Rayan’s bravery will live on in our memories and inspire us,” the footballer said on Twitter. “And so, too, will the Moroccan people’s and rescuers’ commitment. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones. May Allah bestow the highest degree of bliss on this tiny warrior.”
خالص تعازينا ومواساتنا لأسرة الطفل ريان .. وللشعب المغربي الشقيق .. وللإنسانية جمعاء التي فجعت لفقده … رحمه الله وأسكنه فسيح جنانه .. وألهمنا جميعاً الصبر والسلوان ..
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 5, 2022
“We all had been holding out hope that little Rayan would make it,” Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami remarked. “Everything is very terrible.”
Rayan’s parents were personally addressed by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, who expressed his sorrow.
On Tuesday afternoon, Rayan plunged 32 meters (100 feet) down a well in his hometown of Ighrane. Rescuers employed big diggers to carve a slope in the aim of reaching the boy from the side because the shaft was just 45cm (18in) across and enlarging it was judged too dangerous.
C’est avec une immense tristesse que j’ai appris le décès du petit Rayan.
A sa famille, à Sa Majesté le Roi Mohamed VI et au peuple frère et ami du Maroc, je présente mes condoléances émues.
— Macky Sall (@Macky_Sall) February 6, 2022
Cette tragédie nous touche tous.
Nous accompagnons de nos pensées et nos prières la famille du petit Rayan.https://t.co/8iq7AAN1b4
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) February 6, 2022