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Heartbreaking Photo Of A 4-Year-Old Syrian Girl ‘Surrendering’ To A Photojournalist

How horribly sad and unjust is this? Why should any child automatically know how to behave when a “weapon” is in her face?

This little Syrian girl — 4-year-old Hudea — knew exactly what to do when she was approached by a photojournalist. She assumed that his camera was a weapon and immediately put her hands in the air to “surrender.”

syrian girl surrender / Via Osman Sarl

The photo was taken by Osman Sarl (sp) last December. Here is what he said:

“I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon. 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.”

From a news clipping of the photo:

Her face tightens immediately. She bites her lower lip and slowly raises her hands. She stands still without a word. It isn’t easy to console the child who thinks that the camera looking at her is a gun.

Too much!!! As a mother, this is just too much. Heartbreaking. All war hawks and conservatives who love war need to see this little girl’s photo. It’s just too much.

Hudea lives in a refugee camp on the Turkish border. She lost her father in a bombing in Hama. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), approximately 10 million Syrians are refugees, seeking asylum, or are displaced.

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Written by Tiffany Willis Clark

Tiffany Willis Clark is a fifth-generation Texan, a proponent of voluntary simplicity, a single mom, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she has spent most of her career actively working with “the least of these" -- disadvantaged and oppressed populations, the elderly, people living in poverty, at-risk youth, and unemployed people. She is a Certified Workforce Expert with the National Workforce Institute, a NAWDP Certified Workforce Development Professional, and a certified instructor for Franklin Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. She also has a grossly neglected personal blog, a  Time Travel blog, a site dedicated to encouraging people to  read classic literature 15 minutes a day, and a literary quotes blog that is a labor of love. Find her somewhere and join the discussion.

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