In 2014, according to data in the possession of the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, the civil war in Syria caused the death of 76,000 people, of which more than 3,500 children. Since the beginning of the conflict, in 2011, about 206,000 individuals have so far died. In a country so battered it is possible for a child to exchange the objective of a professional camera for the barrel of a rifle, and raise your hands in surrender. It happened in Hudea, a 4-year-old Syrian child, when the photographer Osman Sagirli was found in the refugee camp set up in Atmeh. Arms raised, worried expression: the girl's shot was shared on March 24th on Twitter by journalist Nadia AbuShaban. In a few days it was shared more than 10,000 times. And the web has been activated to track down the author of the photo.
Thus it was discovered that the image was taken by Osman Sagirli in December 2014, and was published for the first time by the Turkish newspaper Türkiye in January 2015, for which the man has been working for 25 years. The BBC contacted him to find out if the story "behind" this image was true. And he confirmed: "That day I was using a telephoto lens and the child thought it was a weapon - says the photographer - I immediately understood that she was scared. Normally children hide their face or smile when they see a camera". Hudea, the child protagonist of the shot, had arrived at the Atmeh camp - about 10 km from the Turkish border - with her mother and two brothers after a journey of 150 km.