The reason this refugee child put her hands up will break your heart.

A picture of a little girl appearing to assume a photojournalist’s camera was a weapon and surrendering. 11071071_813198528763829_5210442790513067042_n.png

It was then posted on Reddit, where it received over 5,000 upvotes and over 1,600 comments, furthering the heartbreaking picture’s impact across the web. The BBC tracked down photographer Osman Sağırlı, who took the photo last December.

The girl, a 4-year-old named Hudea, took refuge with her mother and two siblings at a camp on the Turkish border after losing her father in a bombing in Hama, the photographer said.

“I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon,” Sağırlı told the BBC. “İ 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.”


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