Heartbreaking Photo Shows 7-Year-Old Syrian Girl Protecting Her Brother Under Rubble After Earthquake
About 6,000 people were killed in a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in southern Turkey and Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 regions as rescuers searched for survivors in collapsed buildings.
The earthquake, the largest in the last century’s most earthquake-hit regions, is fueling fears of a new humanitarian disaster in a region wracked by war, displacement and economic crisis.
Amidst the destruction and loss of life, a 7-year-old Syrian girl has gone viral for her display of courage and resilience.
A photo of a little girl cradling her siblings buried under rubble in Syria is going viral on various social media platforms. A representative of the United Nations posted this image on Twitter.
A United Nations official, Mohamed Safa, uploaded a picture of the children on Twitter, saying they had been buried for more than 17 hours.
Netizens were heartbroken but delighted to see the girl’s protective instincts and resilience.
The 7 year old girl who kept her hand on her little brother’s head to protect him while they were under the rubble for 17 hours has made it safely. I see no one sharing. If she were dead, everyone would share! Share positivity… pic.twitter.com/J2sU5A5uvO
— Mohamad Safa (@mhdksafa) February 7, 2023
26 hours under the rubble, she is protecting her brother’s head, she is smiling and hope is drawn in her eyes, my beautiful little girl, all fear dissipated in an instant in #idlib_Harem#earthquake_Syria #earthquakeinturkey pic.twitter.com/A33cUKqUxv
— MAZEN Al-HASAN (@Melad82921624) February 7, 2023
She’s just little girl and holding her brother like she’s so. Mature in this worst condition. Humanity under debris💔💔🤲🤲PRAY FOR THE TURKEY 🇹🇷 #Turkey #earthquake #Syria #TurkeySyriaEarthquake #PrayForTurkey #Syria #Lebanon #YaAllah #TurkeyQuake #SyriaNeedsHelp pic.twitter.com/5Mfg8otDLD
— Sara Mir 🇵🇰🇸🇩🇬🇧 (@SaraMirGBP) February 7, 2023