The UN Relief and Works Agency Spokesman Chris Gunness, posted a photo of thousands of hungry Syrians lining up for emergency rations near their bombed neighbourhood near Damascus. The photo was shared in social media eight million times, and Gunness said to critics and doubters of the photo that the photo was not faked and it was something he saw with his own eyes.
Gunness said that people may claim it to have been edited or “shopped” because they were denying the real events in Syria today.
Syria is currently in the fourth year of its civil war, which originally began with minorities calling for equality and more human rights escalating into a full-scale war involving many different factions.
Gunness said that the photo was an accurate reflection of the reality in Syria. Currently in Jerusalem, Gunnees expressed his own outrage for the conditions of Yarmouk Camp, showed the photo as a representative of the situation.
The photo Gunness posted is part of a social media campaign called Thunderclap, which has 130 humanitarian relief organizations and UN agencies calling for Syrian civilians to have peaceful passage between the Syrian Regime and Rebel forces as they are caught between the crossfire.
The photo will be displayed on a giant screen in Times Square and is expected to retweet the photo 23 million times in different accounts to reflect the Syrian population.
The New York Times and Daily mail had already printed the photograph in their newspapers.