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Syrian girl, 4, ‘surrenders’ to photographer in viral photo

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Published on April 03, 2015 with No Comments

A photo taken in December of a Syrian girl “surrendering” because she thought the photographer’s camera was a weapon has struck an emotional chord on social media worldwide.
Photojournalist Nadia Abu Shaban posted the photo on Twitter last week and it has now been retweeted more than 20,000 times. The image also generated a strong response on Reddit.There were accusations the photo was fake or staged. However, the BBC was able to track down the photographer, Osman Sagırli of Turkey, who confirmed he took the photo. As per reports, Sagirli took the picture in December at a refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border. The girl’s name is Hudea.
“I was using a telephoto lens and she thought it was a weapon,” Sagirli said. “I realized 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.”
The photographer told a leading TV channel of England that he believed photos of children were “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.”

 

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