Syrian man thought to be dead walks into his own funeral
Mohammed Rayhan walks in on his own funeral after spending 36 hours stuck under rubble in wake of Douma bombing
A Syrian man presumed dead walked into his own funeral after spending 36 hours under rubble in wake of Douma bombing, The Telegraph reported on Friday.
It was thought that Mohammed Rayhan was among 117 people who had died when government forces bombed a market place in Douma, leaving his family to mourn his death.
However after spending 36 hours beneath the rubble, he was rescued, and was able to return home – interrupted the final day of mourning with dust from the rubble still embedded in his hair.
However Rayhan’s story is not unique.
According to the director of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, people have survived being stuck under the rubble for a long period of time.
"It often happens with children - I have heard of three-year-old children who have been mourned by their families and then found alive in rubble" he said in a quote cited by The Telegraph.