When a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on Monday, leaving thousands dead, most of us have been left feeling helpless as we watch the death toll continue to rise.
Although the faithful have offered up much-needed prayers for the victims and their families, and others have donated to worthy causes, seeing the incredible and relentless work from the rescuers, and watching some of the victims emerge seemingly unscathed, has given us the feeling of hope that is so vital at times like these.
As is so often the case in terrible times, these positive stories remind us of the good in the world. And this is just the situation for the Al Sayed family, who were rescued from the rubble near in northern Syria.
The family, including three young children, had been asleep when the earthquake struck and spent 36 hours under the rubble. Big sister Mariam had been protecting her little sibling Ilaaf by managing to cover his face from the falling dust.