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Kos crisis : The story behind the photograph of a Syrian father shared by thousands online

An image of a Syrian father sobbing as he cradles his son and daughter on a Greek beach has been shared by thousands of social media users. The photograph of Laith Majid, taken by freelancer Daniel Etter at around 4.30am on a beach in Kos, Greece, has provoked a strong reaction to increasingly dehumanised depictions of migrants. 

Mr Etter, 34, who confesses he has “never been so touched” by one image, managed to find out about the middle-class family from the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor. “After more than two hours of driving the boat had lost air, water had leaked into it, the refugees were soaked when they arrived at the shore. They were then completely relieved to have arrived safely,” he said.

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