syrian child photo

This photo of a Syrian child so scarred by war that she stared into a camera lens believing it was the barrel of a gun and raised her arms in surrender has  been shared around the world.

The fear in the little girl’s eyes as she bit her lip to stop herself crying has caused an outpouring of emotion about the “heart-breaking” image showing how “humanity failed” in the Syrian civil war.

But now the man who took the photo has come forward to explain the real context behind it. Osman Sağırlı told the BBC he took the photo at Atmeh refugee camp, near the Turkish border.

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