No, four-year-old Marwan fleeing Syria was not "alone" in the desert

No, four-year-old Marwan fleeing Syria was not "alone" in the desert
By Thomas Seymat
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A heartbreaking picture that went viral yesterday on Twitter showed a four-year-old boy, identified as Marwan, who appeared to have just been found in the desert by UNHCR staff.

UN staff found 4 year-old Marwan crossing desert alone after being separated from family fleeing #Syria.

— Hala Gorani (@HalaGorani) 17 Février 2014

It has now emerged that, contrary to what euronews initially reported, little Marwan, while separated from his family for a period of time, was not alone.

A discussion thread initiated on the Open Newsroom G+, a journalistic community dedicated to verifying online news, mentions that Guardian journalist Shiv Malik, quoting a UNHCR press officer on the scene, said the child was “20 steps” ahead of his family.

Read the Storify of the discussion here:

[View the story "Marwan: lost in desert at four years old ... but for how long?" on Storify]

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