A few months back, a photo of a child circulated the web after it was shared on twitter that made it go viral. The photo is showing a child that seems to have been surrendering thinking that the camera is actually a weapon. People made speculations as to what really happened and if the child was a boy or a girl.
The person who first uploaded the Photo is Nadia Abu Shaban whom is a photojournalist in Gaza. Though she told that she didn’t own the photo nor shot it herself, people wanted answers about the truth behind this sad photo of a child that was just a clear victim of war.
BBC then tracked the original photo from a newspaper clipping which named a Turkish photojournalist named Osman Sağırlı who turned out to be the photographer who took the shot. They talked to Osman about the origins of the photo and to clarify what really happened. As he told the story about the photo, things became clear bit by bit as even the gender of the child was now confirmed who was actually a 4-year-old girl named Hudea.
The photo was taken at the Atmeh refugee camp is Syria December of last year. He told that the little girl travelled to the camp near the Turkish border with her mother and 2 sibling and it was almost a 150Km away from their home in Hama.
"I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon," says Sağırlı. "İ 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." He says he finds pictures of children in the camps particularly revealing. "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."
The photo was actually already in circulation in the Turkish speaking social media’s and not until a few months ago that it began circulating the English world.
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