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FACT CHECK: Video of toddler linked with earthquakes in Turkey and Syria is old

FACT CHECK: Video of toddler linked with earthquakes in Turkey and Syria is old
March 25
10:01 2023

A video of a crying infant being consoled by another toddler has been linked by social media users to the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

“This video will make your eyes moist and your heart restless. Mother is not left, so the little girl is acting to feed her brother milk so that her younger brother becomes silent. O Allah have mercy,” reads the translation of the Facebook caption originally shared in Hindi. 


Apart from Facebook, the video was also shared on Twitter where it gathered 4,615 views.

In the widely shared video, a sobbing child can be seen even as she comforts an infant. The accompanying caption claims that both kids lost their mother in the recent Turkey earthquake.

On February 6, south-eastern Turkey and some parts of Syria experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. A few hours after, another 7.5 magnitudes occurred with several aftershocks. 

The death toll in both countries as a result of the earthquake was beyond 50,000, with 45,968 confirmed deaths in Turkey and 7,259 in Syria.



TheCable subjected a couple of screenshots from the video to reverse image search which led to a TikTok account with the username, anelya.495. 

The video was posted by the TikTok user on November 26, 2022, two months before the devastating earthquakes in both countries.


The video was shared with a Russian caption which translates to “children’s laughter”.

Looking through the TikTok account, other posts featuring the same toddler in the circulating video can be seen. 



The video is misleading. Though the actual location of the original video is unknown, it is not in any way linked to the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.


This fact check was produced by TheCable with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, International Fact-Checking Network, and African Fact Checking Alliance network.



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