Photograph Showing a Child in Syria, Sleeping Between his Parents’ Graves: Hoax

Photograph Showing a Child in Syria, Sleeping Between his Parents' Graves
Photograph Showing a Child in Syria, Sleeping Between his Parents' Graves


In Syria, Sleeping between his parents.

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1. Heartbreaking photo of Syrian orphan boy sleeping between graves of his parents.

2. A young boy sleeping with his parents #Syria.


The image that went viral on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere online purports to show a heartbreaking scene where an orphaned boy in Syria is lying between his dead parents’ graves — supposedly depicting the current tragic, humanitarian crisis in Syria. Thankfully, the photograph is not what it is shown as; the claim as such is hoax.

Art Project Photo
Art Project Photo

The photograph often shared with a title ‘In Syria, Sleeping between his parents’ was not taken in Syria and is not of an orphan boy, it was in fact a staged photo taken as part of an art project. The Saudi photographer Abdul Aziz al Otaibi was shocked at how his photo was ‘twisted’. What appear like graves in the photograph are actually piles of stones, the boy was not an orphan, but the photographer’s nephew (see other pictures), and most importantly, the picture was taken in Saudi Arabia. Through his photograph, Abdul Aziz actually wanted to show how the love of a child for his parents is irreplaceable, and that it cannot be substituted by anything or anybody else, even if the parents are dead.

Art Project Photo
Art Project Photo

It’s strange how many pictures like this are often twisted out of context on internet. Like we always say, do not believe in everything that you see and read online.

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‘Heartbreaking’ Syria orphan photo wasn’t taken in Syria and not of orphan

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