By Thomas SeymatFollow @tseymat
17/02/14 17:32 CET
| updated xx mn ago
| updated at xx
Update: Tuesday, February 18 - 10:30AM CET It has emerged that little Marwan, while separated from his family for a period of time , was not alone in the desert. According to a journalist on the Open Newsroom G+ page who spoke to a UNHCR staff on the scene, the child was “20 steps” ahead of his family, in a column of refugees. More details at the end of the article
Hala Gorani, a reporter and anchor for CNN International, tweeted on Monday a picture telling a tragic story: UN staff in Jordan found a four-year-old boy named Marwan crossing the desert alone after being separated from his family while fleeing Syria.
Gorani later added another tweet saying that, according to the UNHCR, Marwan was found in the Jordanian desert, with his possession in a small plastic bag.
Marwan was later reunited with his family.
Syria’s nearly three-year-old conflict has killed more than 130,000 people and forced six million to leave their homes, Reuters reports. The UNHCR says 2,486,000 refugees have fled Syria and relocated in the Middle East region.
The picture was originally posted by Andrew Harper, the UNHCR’s Representative in Jordan on Sunday, as his team were receiving Syria refugees crossing to eastern Jordan.
It has emerged that little Marwan, while separated from his family for a period of time, was not alone in the desert. In a discussion thread on the Open Newsroom G+ page, an open journalistic community, Guardian journalist Shiv Malik, who spoke to a UNHCR press officer on the scene, said the child was “20 steps” ahead of his family, in a column of refugees.
Read the Storify of the discussion here:
By Thomas SeymatMore about:
- 1Eurozone ministers agree “breakthrough” deal with Greece
- 2The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 3Turkey warns EU migrant deal could collapse if visa-waiver isn’t speeded up
- 4Kurdish-led militias launch offensive against ISIL-held Raqqa
- 5More fuel frustration as French pickets refuse to back down
- 1The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 2Brazil in crisis after leaked tape forces out interim President’s ally
- 3EgyptAir crash: suggestions of explosion on board ‘mere assumptions’ – official
- 4A handshake, a kiss and a hug at historic meeting of Catholic and Muslim leaders
- 5French union blockades spark petrol shortages
- 1EgyptAir crash: airline says Flight MS804 wreckage found
- 2Venezuela economy fractured with shortages of essentials across the country
- 3The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 4Crimean Tatars look for Eurovision boost on day of national tragedy
- 5Emergency response: inside Ecuador’s disaster zones
Wires > News
- 14:40 CET Retired Burundian officer killed amid tension over presidency
- 14:39 CET Russia’s Putin pardons Ukrainian pilot, hands her over to Kiev
- 14:32 CET French, Italian firms to help search for EgyptAir black boxes
- 14:20 CET Radio Free Europe journalist freed from jail in Azerbaijan
- 14:17 CET Top Shi’ite cleric urges restraint in assault on Iraq’s Falluja
- 14:15 CET U.S.-backed Syrian militias not preparing assault on Islamic State…
- 14:09 CET Trump unlikely to be able to renegotiate climate deal – …
- 13:38 CET Egypt refuses entry to Cairo-based French journalist