The death of little Rayan sparked an avalanche of sad reactions around the world. This little boy was stuck for five days at the bottom of a well in a poor region in the north of the kingdom. A human drama amplified by social networks, where countless Internet users have shared their pain, from neighboring and rival Algeria to France or the United States, in all languages.
“Little angel, you fought until the end, a hero”, greeted a surfer on Twitter. In addition to the anonymous, many personalities have also paid tribute to the little boy.
“Thank you to the Moroccan people”, says the pope, moved
Visibly moved, Pope Francis greeted “a whole (Moroccan) people who came together to save Rayan”, during the Angelus prayer celebrated in the Vatican. “They tried everything, unfortunately he didn’t survive. But what an example. Thank you to these people for this testimony, ”reacted François.
The appeal of King Mohammed VI
A sign of the immense emotion caused by the tragedy, it was the royal cabinet which announced the death of the child on Saturday evening.
King Mohammed VI himself called Rayan’s parents to offer his condolences to the parents, whose faces were broken.
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“Rayan’s courage will be remembered and will continue to inspire us. The dedication of the Moroccan people and the rescue workers as well,” wrote AC Milan Algerian international Ismaël Bennacer in a tweet accompanied by a drawing of a child rising into the sky hanging from a heart-shaped balloon in the colors from Morocco.
Riyad Mahrez, another star of the Algerian selection, also paid tribute to him.
Emmanuel Macron shares his pain
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Facebook “to the family of little Rayan and to the Moroccan people that we share their pain”.
“We had all kept hope that little Rayan would come out of it. All this is so tragic”, also reacted on Twitter the Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami.
The exemplary work of Moroccan rescuers
Rayan had accidentally fallen on Tuesday into a 32-meter dry well, narrow and difficult to access, dug near the family home in the village of Ighrane, in the province of Chefchaouen (north). Entering a horizontal breach on Saturday afternoon, the rescuers had continued their work centimeter by centimeter, digging by hand to avoid any landslide. Until Friday, rescuers had tried to send oxygen and water through tubes and bottles down to Rayan, without certainty that he could use them.
The race against the clock conducted for five days by the rescuers had been followed live by countless Internet users.
As soon as the drama broke out, thousands of supporters came running in a sign of solidarity and camped on the spot, in this mountainous area of the Rif, at an altitude of nearly 700 meters. As the outcome approached, in a feverish atmosphere before it became dismal, the crowd prayed and sang.
A volunteer driller, Ali Sahraoui, a 50-year-old who dug the earth with his hands during the rescue operation, became for a time the “hero” of social networks. Only for a time, unfortunately, because the relentlessness of the rescuers was not enough to save Rayan.
Only emotion remains. And the feeling of an exceptional communion around the fate of this little boy, Rayan: “He will have succeeded where leaders, the media have failed. He brought people together around him, ”wrote a user.