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Old image of a Rohingya refugee girl shared by poet to criticize PM Modi

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The photo of a young teary eyed girl, carrying heavy luggage on her head was recently shared by Urdu poet Imran Pratapgarhi on twitter, taking a dig at the recent 20 lakh crore relief package announced by Prime Minister Nardenra Modi.


Imran turned to poetry to express the ‘plight of the child’ along with the image. A poem, written in Hindi, has also been added to the post, in which the poet has referred to the PM as ‘saheb’.

पत्थरों पर लहू ही लहू रह गया खून बिखरा हुआ चार सू रह गया । उनकी चीखें फ़ज़ाओं में गुम हो गईं राह तकती हुई बेटियॉं रह गईं ! उस करोडों वाले राहत पैकेज में इन ग़रीबों के लिये भी कुछ है या नहीं साहब ?
Translation: “Blood is left on the stones. The blood was left scattered everywhere. Their screams were lost in the whims, while the daughters were left in the way! Is there anything in your package worth crores for these poor people or not sir?”


Upon performing a reverse image search, it was found that the image was first published in an article by The Times UK, titled ‘She’s seen horror — now help save her’. The article, which was authored by Philip Sherwell and was published on 26th November, 2017, carried the picture in question as its lead image. 
The image has been credited to photojournalist Paula Bronstein. It has been captioned as “A Rohingya girl crosses a stream near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh after being expelled from Burma. More than 600,000 Rohingya — more than half of them children — are in refugee camps. Our appeal with Save the Children aims to assist them.”
It has been found that a 2017 image of a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar has been shared by poet Imran Pratapgarhi, suggesting that it is from India while criticizing PM Modi. 
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