Rami Abdulrahman

OMG! Childen died in Syria (or did they?)



One of the problems with automated news services like AP, AFP and Reuters is that it just takes one photo and non-substantiated text in one unattributed article and it’s around the world on every damn news site and a lot of newspapers and TV channels. ? This particular photo even made it here, but I intend to not react viscerally; I intend to dissect it.

First, credit where it is due, the caption on the photo above admits the child being carried is alive.

Bombs dropped by suspected Russian warplanes have killed at least 12 Syrian school children in a rebel-held town in Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Suspected, ?and “at least 12” school children. ?Seriously? ?How hard is it to count up to 12? ?And who are the?Syrian Observatory for Human Rights?

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (also known as SOHR; Arabic: ?????? ?????? ????? ????????) founded in May 2006 is an information office documenting human rights abuses in the Syrian Civil War. The SOHR is frequently quoted by major news media since the beginning of the uprising, such as Voice of America, Reuters,BBC, CNN and National Public Radio, about daily numbers of ISIL/ISIS fighters and civilians killed in airstrikes in Syria.

The United Kingdom-based SOHR is run out of a two-bedroom terraced home in Coventry by Rami Abdulrahman,?a Syrian Sunni Muslim who also runs a clothes shop.

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