Claim: Photograph shows two children holding each other for comfort in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
REAL PHOTOGRAPH; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2015]
There is a picture of a 4 yr old brother and a 2 yr old sister,circulating on the internet, purporting to be of recent origin of 2 little Nepalese children. Is this a true pic of Nepalese children from the recent earthquake?
Origins: Shortly after a
Two and a half year old sister protected by four year old brother in Nepal. Perhaps one of the most divine picture of the century !!!!
However, this photograph was neither taken in Nepal nor shot in 2015. Photographer Na Son Nguyen posted to Twitter on
When the BBC reached out to Nguyen, the photographer explained that this wasn’t the first time that this example of his work had been shared with an inaccurate backstory:
I was passing through the village but was stopped by the scene of two Hmong children playing in front of their house while their parents were away working in the field.
The little girl, probably two years old, cried in the presence of a stranger so the boy, who was maybe three years old or so, hugged his sister to comfort her. It was both moving and cute, so I quickly made a shot.
Some people even weaved intricate tales about the kids, like their mother had died and their father left them (or that they were “two Burmese orphans” or “victims of the civil war in Syria”).
This is perhaps my most shared photo but unfortunately in the wrong context.
Last updated: 5 May 2015
A Word to Our Loyal Readers
Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.
- David Mikkelson
- Doreen Marchionni
- David Emery
- Bond Huberman
- Jordan Liles
- Alex Kasprak
- Dan Evon
- Dan MacGuill
- Bethania Palma
- Liz Donaldson
- Vinny Green
- Ryan Miller
- Chris Reilly
- Chad Ort
- Elyssa Young
Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.
We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.
Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.