A picture of a four-year-old Syrian girl with fear in her eyes and raised her arms as if to surrender has gone viral on internet
What is the story behind this picture?
The girl seemed frightened as she apparently confused the photographer’s camera lens for a weapon.
BBC chased the photographer, Osman Sagirli, who told how he had taken the picture of this girl, Hudea, at the Atmeh refugee camp in Syria in December last year.
It was first published in the Türkiye newspaper in January but now it is widely spread on social media.
The picture was tweeted last week by Gaza-based photojournalist Nadia Abu Shaban. She confirmed that she didn’t take the photo herself, but could not explain who took this picture.
— Nadia AbuShaban (@NadiaAbuShaban) March 24, 2015
It has been retweeted more than 11,000 times, the BBC reported. Many people say that this picture was fake and some asked on Twitter that who had taken this picture and why it had posted without credit.
An image sharing website Imgur claimed after tracing the photographer that this picture was real and the child in the picture was actually a boy. A Turkish photojournalist, Osman Sagirli, was the one who took the picture.
Sagirli said that the girl, her mother and two siblings travelled about 150 kilometers to the refugee camp which is near to the border with Turkey. She actually belongs to Hama in Syria.
“I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon,” Sagirli told the BBC.
“I realized that she was terrified when I looked at the picture, because she bit her lips and raised her hands. Normally kids run away, hide their faces or smile when they see a camera”
He further said that only the children can make a sense to see what they have gone through not the adults and it is the children who depict the feelings with their innocence.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that since the Syrian civil war began in March 2011, around 10 million Syrians are seeking asylum and refugees.
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