As Afghan women fear losing their right to education under the new Taliban rule, a picture of a small girl crying and holding a few books is doing rounds on social media.

“ये तस्वीर विश्व की उन शक्तियों को आईना दिखती हैं कि उसका गुनाह क्या हैं। दिल को झकझोर देने वाली अफगानिस्तान से ये फोटो।” the Facebook post read.

Here’s the link to the above post. More posts can be seen here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.

A simple Reverse Image Search led us to a Facebook post from November 2020, that carried the same picture. “Crying for education Palestine Heart breaking pic…!” the caption of the picture read.

Taking a cue from this, we ran another Reverse Image Search along with some keywords.

We found that the same image was featured in an article by a Jordan based media outlet Gerasa News. According to the article, the picture was taken by a Palestinian photographer, Fadi Thabet, in Gaza.

we then searched for the photographer Fadi A Thabet and found that the same picture was also shared on his Instagram page in 2019 and in 2018. The posts can be seen here and here.

As per the caption of the picture, it was taken in Gaza.

The same picture was also uploaded on his Facebook page in 2019.

We also reached out to Thabet for further confirmation and the article will be updated after receiving his response.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the picture in circulation is old and is NOT from Afghanistan.

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