That ain’t right: Syrian family on the streets of Saida

Oh the cruelty, How could they do that with the Syrian refugees, Down with the world … And human rights.

These were few comments and captions shared with the photo, a photo that has spread recently on various pages and accounts, especially with the ones related to the Syrian crisis, mentioning that it was taken in Saida, south of Lebanon.

And like most of the widespread photos, our curiosity was focused not on the matter of any modification done on that particular photo, but instead on where the actual location of where that photo was taken, just to see if it is true of what the social media world is saying.

In the middle of the investigation and online search to look for the source of that image, or the year that this photo was taken, we noticed that someone else was a step ahead of POW.

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The organisations and medical associations in Saida, with the information they had about the photo “a Syrian family sleeping in front of a sweets shop”, put their mind into finding more about this family, and where in particular that photo was taken.

In a matter of 24 hours, they were able to find, according to an article allegedly (not able to find the original one) published in a local newspaper ALBALAD by Mohamad Dahsheh, that this family that could be seen in that photo and consisted from a mother and her four babies were actually living outside of Saida, in a town called Marjaayoun.

The people roaming the souks of Saida were seeing this family all the times, and identified them as beggars, more that a family not finding a place to stay and be taken care of.

The local NGOs of Saida informed that this family, who always came to Saida to beg and do nothing more, have stayed up late, especially with the souks opening after Iftar till, sometimes, till the sun came up, because of Ramadan fasting, didn’t have a way to go back home, which forced it to spend the night on the sidewalk.

Humanitarian activist Abu youssef Kanbaz from “NASA’EM AL-RAHMA” confirmed that this family were taken to directly to a bus station in Saida, were the family could reach back their home.

in related info, a gathering for civil society in Saida discussed numbers from a study made by Fadelallah Hassoun, which showed that 60% of beggars in Saida are Syrians, and 29% are Lebanese, while 5% are Palestinians, and 6% are bastards, and most of them fall between the age of 12 and 15 years old.

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