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The Viral Image Of The Syrian Boy Sleeping Between The Graves Of His Parents Is Fake

The photo is actually part of an ongoing art project.

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Al-Taibi tried to fight the misinformation around the photo on his Twitter and Instagram but it's still going strong under the fake caption as of Friday morning.

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The original meaning behind the photo was a somewhat satirical statement on how children might feel like their parents are more affectionate in death than in life. Al-Taibi works on pieces about domestic violence often.

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"It's absurd how people can easily be manipulated without going back to the source and the facts," Al-Atibi told beirut.com about how easily the photo went viral under the wrong caption.

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(h/t Chris Kingdon)

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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