4-Year-Old Refugee 'Temporarily Separated' Reunited with Mother After Crossing Jordan Border
Updated: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 01:22 PM EST
In a heartbreaking series of images posted to Twitter, a four-year-old boy was "temporarily separated" from his family while crossing across the Jordan border with a group of Syrian refugees.
The photos were posted by Andrew Harper, UNHCR's Representative to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The UNHCR is a UN agency mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
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The day after posting the photos Harper clarified that the four-year-old, Marwan, was not alone, just temporarily separated.
"Unfortunately in every mass @refugees x'ing to #Jordan it is the elderly, sick, pregnant & often children that fall behind the main groups," Harper tweeted. "Just to let you know that Marwan was safely reunited w his mother soon after being carried across the #Jordan border."
On its website UNHCR states that its primary purpose is, "to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people."
"UN officials said the number evacuated – 1,151 by latest count – was larger than expected and added that it was the first tangible result to come out of peace talks launched earlier this month in Geneva between opposing sides in the Syrian conflict," UNHCR said. "The evacuation was continuing on Tuesday."