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Viral: Picture Of Syrian Boy ‘Surrendering’ To What He Thought Was A Weapon

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A picture of a little boy appearing to assume a photojournalist’s camera was a weapon and surrendering has gone viral, first in Turkey and again recently swept the whole world by storm, when it was circulated on Facebook and Reddit.

As pointed out by redditor ThatOneWeirdKid, the picture is thought to have been taken by photographer Osman Sağırlı sometime in 2012, who is said to work with humanitarian relief organization IHH and visits international refugee camps.

An undated newspaper clipping featuring the picture made the rounds among Turkish people on Twitter in January, with many feeling affected by the boy’s fearful gaze.

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The clipping reads:

His face tightens immediately. He bites his lower lip and slowly raises his hands. He stands still without a word. It isn’t easy to console the child who thinks that the camera looking at him is a gun.

His name is Hudea… He is only 4 years old. He lost his dad in the bombing of Hama. He took refuge at the Atme camp at the Turkish border with his mum and three siblings.

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, refugees, or displaced.-MYNEWSHUB.CC

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