Fact Checked: No, this 4-YO was not migrating from Syria to Jordan alone

A post is doing rounds on social media claiming that a Syrian boy migrated to Jordan alone as his family was killed in Syria.

“Heartbreaking photo of 4 year child who is migrating from Syria to Jordan, The UNHCR team caught him while he was migrating alone in a desert. The only thing he had in his shopper was the clothes from his o and sister who were killed in Syria, ” the text in the post read.


When NewsMobile fact-checked the post, we found the claim to be FALSE.

On putting the image through Reverse Image Search, we found that the image was tweeted by a UN staff, with the caption, “Here 4 year old Marwan, who was temporarily separated from his family, is assisted by UNHCR staff to cross #Jordan”. 

According to an article published in The Guardian on February 10, 2014, the misinformation started circulating after a CNN International anchor retweeted it with the caption “UN staff found 4 year-old Marwan crossing desert alone after being separated from family fleeing #Syria”

The UN staff, Andrew Harper, clarified that Marwan was not traveling alone and was temporarily separated from his family in the chaos. He also shared another photograph where a large group of refugees can be seen with Marvan at the back.

Later Harper also tweeted that Marwan was reunited with his mother soon after.

This proves that the claim attacked to picture is not true.

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