Syrian toddler thought dead reunited with parents

NICOSIA, Cyprus — A 2-year-old Syrian boy who was believed dead after his family inadvertently left him behind as they fled shelling in Damascus last summer has been reunited with his parents in Cyprus, a lawyer said Friday.

‘‘You can imagine how they felt when they were told their son was alive after bearing all this guilt thinking that he was dead,’’ Stella Constantinou said.

Bushr Al Tawashi wandered alone in the rubble of his family home before rebel fighters found him and handed him over to another family to look after, Constantinou said. Believing he did not survive the shelling, his parents and their other two sons arrived in Cyprus in search of asylum, some two weeks after they had lost track of Bushr. But word that the boy was safe eventually reached the parents, who now live in the town of Limassol.


Bushr’s father travelled to Beirut where he was reunited with the boy at the Cypriot Embassy. He brought Bushr back to the island Thursday.

Associated Press