A four-year-old Syrian child was pictured with both arms raised in surrender, eyes fearful, thinking that the camera aimed at her was a weapon. The photo has become viral after Nadia Abu Shaban posted it via Twitter.
Another Twitter user traced the photo back to a 2012 newspaper headline. On March 31, BBC Trending was able to trace the Turkish photojournalist who originally took the photo.
The girl thought the camera was a weapon.
Turkish photojournalist Osman Sağırlı told BBC Trending that the four-year-old girl is Hudea. He took the photo at the Atmeh refugee camp in Syria on Dec 2014.
“I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon. I realised she was terrified after I took it, and 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,” Sağırlı told BBC.
“You know there are displaced people in the camps. It makes more sense to see what they have suffered not through adults, but through children. It is the children who reflect the feelings with their innocence,” he added.
Humanitarian Situation In Syria At Dangerous Tipping Point – UNHCR
Hudea’s photo became viral as humanitarian situation in Syria reaches a dangerous tipping point. On March 31, UNHCR head Antonio Guterres told the gathering of 50 states that the crisis in Syria is becoming unsustainable.
“After four years of conflict, we are at a dangerous tipping point. It is clear that the world’s response to the crisis in Syria cannot be business as usual. The situation is becoming unsustainable,” he said.
He said the living condition for refugees in Syria is drastically deteriorating. There are about 600,000 refugee children who are no longer able to attend to school.
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“With half of all school-aged refugee children and another 2 million in Syria out of school, the number of young people at risk is staggering. They have already lost their childhoods to a terrible war and are now also facing lost futures,” Guterres said.