This photo of a crying father escaping, holding his daughter is not from recent crisis in Ghouta, Syria. It is originally from Mosul in Iraq
There is no doubt that what is happening in Ghouta, Syria is beyond horrendous. In an attempt to crush the rebel-held enclave, the Syrian government forces have been bombing the town killing around a thousand civilians. There have been evidence of chemical weapons being used.
For the sake of fact-checking however, we scrutinize some of the most widely circulated images. This photo for example has spread like wildfire on social media and have even been picked up by news platforms.
The image first surfaced during clashes in Mosul, Iraq last year March. ‘Business World’ on March 6, 2017, posted this photo with a caption saying “A man cries as he carries his daughter while walking from an ISIS-controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi Special Forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, Iraq on Mar. 4, 2017”