In the midst of one of the most horrific human tragedies – appears a heartwarming story about a 17-year-old boy and his puppy.

Aslan Al Hakim was insistent on taking his puppy, Rose, on the 500 kilometer journey out of Damascus, Syria.

The Syrian Refugees are escaping Syria while leaving everything behind in a search for safety and a new home. Men, women and children are able to carry only what they can fit in their hands and strapped to their back.

Aslan was willing to sacrifice his personal belongings for the safety of Rose.

“We have everything we need to survive. We have food and water,” Aslan said in a United Nations video. “I love my dog. I need her.”

At one point they were refused passage through the Mediterranean, so he made his puppy a passport. Aslan and Rose are the lucky ones – they made the long trek to Greece and a new life awaits them.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shared a video to spotlight the more positive side of humanity in a crisis that has devastated families and impacted tens of thousands across the region.

The Next Leap Forward

The Syrian people deserve better. Towns, Cities and communities have been obliterated. Families have been separated.

People have been tortured and murdered by the tens of thousands by both their government and terrorist groups.

Yet in spite of all of this – the Syrian people are incredibly spirited and hopeful.