IT WAS a picture that broke hearts around the world.
Taken by a UNHCR worker on the Syrian/Jordanian border, the picture showed a boy carrying a plastic bag looking lost, desperate and seemingly alone in the desert.
And like all amazing pictures it soon swept across the internet, but not all was not what it seemed.
As it turns out the boy, named as Marwan to protect his identity, was actually never abandoned or alone — he had simply became temporarily separated from his mother in the rush to cross the Syrian border into Jordan.
So how did this picture end up going viral?
Shortly after posting the picture taken near the Hagallat boarder crossing by Jordan’s UNHCR head Andrew Harper, it was picked up under the hashtag #syria.
CNN anchor Hala Gorani posted the picture, revealing her own heartbreak about the boy’s desperate situation.