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4-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Found Wandering Alone In Jordan Desert

Wed, February 19, 2014 2:25pm EDT by Lauren Cox Add first Comment
Child Syrian Refugee
Courtesy of Twitter

Marwan, a 4-year-old Syrian refugee was found all alone while crossing the Jordan desert. A photo taken of the moment a group of United Nations staff members found Marwan has now gone viral. Learn more about Marwan’s story!

Marwan warmed hearts worldwide when a a photo of him wandering the Jordan desert all alone went viral. The 4-year-old boy was separated from his family after fleeing Syria to seek refuge in Jordan. Thankfully, Marwan was reunited with his family shortly after United Nations staff members found him by himself.

4-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Found Alone In Desert

Andrew Harper from The UN Refugee Agency shared a touching photo on Twitter of a little boy carrying a plastic bag half his size as he wandered through the Jordan desert alone. The photo quickly went viral, and Andrew shared that the little boy had been found wandering the desert after being separated from his family who were seeking refuge from the war in Syria.

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“Here 4 year old Marwan, who was temporarily separated from his family, is assisted by UNHCR staff to cross #Jordan,” Andrew captioned the first photo of Marwan on his personal Twitter. “Just to let you know that Marwan was safely reunited w his mother soon after being carried across the #Jordan border.”

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While multiple outlets reported misinformation about Marwan along with the photo, Andrew was quick to share the details of how Marwan was separated from his family and then quickly reunited. Andrew also shared more photos of Marwan, including one of him at the very back of a group of refugees that he was following across the desert to safety.

According to Andrew, this is the truth about Marwan: “Marwan’s story is that he was temporarily separated frm his family in d chaos of the mass @refugees x’ing to #Jordan. Thanks to Jared 4 this shot showing Marwan at the back of this group of @refugees. He is separated – he is not alone.”

— Lauren Cox

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