Ein Kind im Krieg

Ein Kind, das vor der Kamera die Hände hochreisst und sich “ergibt”, weil es die Kamera für ein Gewehr hält. Es ist herzzerreissend. Ein syrisches Mädchen in einem Flüchtlingslager an der türkischen Grenze, das Tod, Gewalt, Vertreibung kennt, aber den Zusammenhang von Kamera und Foto nicht.

Unten der übernommene Text aus “Pulptastic”. Die reisserische Berichterstattung ist ein bisschen unheimlich. Dennoch denke ich, dass dieses Bild und die Überlegungen dazu wichtig sind. Um zu sehen, was der Krieg – wo immer, Syrien, Gaza – Kindern antut, die vollkommen ausgeliefert sind und keine Ahnung haben, warum ihre Angehörigen sterben und wie sie den Horror verdient haben.

He Pointed His Camera To Shoot A Picture Of A 4-Year-Old Syrian Girl. What She Did Next Broke Us.

Last December, photographer Osman Sağırlı pointed his telephoto lens towards a little Syrian girl and took a picture. Her reaction to this simple gesture — which was to raise her arms in submission — confused Sağırlı at first. When he looked closely at the photo, at the nervous pursing of the lips and the eyes wrought with fear, he realized this girl — not more than five years old — thought the camera was a weapon.

With the full understanding of what weapons do to people, she did what only a child who grew up in a war-torn country would do:

She “surrendered”.

yeniakit.com.tr / Via Osman Sağırlı“I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon,” Sağırlı said, “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.”

Gaza-based photojournalist, Nadia Abu Shaban, recently tweeted the photo, which made its way to Reddit before finally nestling snugly in viral territory.

The girl in the photo was a 4-year-old named Hudea. Along with her mother and two siblings, Hudea took refuge at a camp on the Turkish border. Her father died in a bombing in their home in Hama, a city in west-central Syria.

Some talented Internet sleuthing by a user on Imgur revealed that the picture originated from a newspaper clipping:

yeniakit.com.trIt was found that Sağırlı has worked for this newspaper for 25 years. The clipping reads:

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. Her name is Hudea… She is only 4 years old. She lost her dad in the bombing of Hama. She took refuge at the Atme camp at the Turkish border with her mom and [two] siblings.

This tragic picture paints a thousand words — as well as six years of civil war, ten million refugees, and one major problem with war.

But the mystery number is, how many more four-year-olds should be born into this kind of life?

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