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The Story Behind the Viral Photo of a Crying Child at the Border

The story behind the 'little girl' photo that's turning the world against Trump's border policy

It draws on the immigration crisis on the US-Mexico border and features the President looking down over a crying toddler. Church groups and human rights advocates have sharply criticised the policy, calling it inhumane.

John Moore, a photographer for Getty Images, shot the image of a 2-year-old Honduran girl, which effectively went viral amid the harrowing veracity of Trump's "zero tolerance" policy.

Trump, of course, is obsessed with Time magazine - and not just because he paid one of his employees to create a fake Time cover, with his likeness, that he hung in at least five of his golf courses.

The only text on the cover reads, "Welcome to America". And the separation from their parents is traumatic enough to be likened to torture. "All I wanted to do was pick her up".

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A Time story recounting the photographer's experience initially stated the girl was carried away screaming by border agents, and later corrected the article to say that was incorrect and that the two were actually taken away together. "I'm nearly positive these families last week had no idea they'd be separated from their children". And so on one hand, I always prefer a photograph to be used with its normal integrity.

The Trump administration's so-called "zero tolerance" policy has resulted in many people being taken into federal custody immediately after crossing the border. As soon as it was over, they were put into a van.

The image has triggered a debate among critics across the political spectrum who have gone onto attack President Trump's now-reversed policy of separating children from parents who are then being illegally detained for entering the US. "I had to stop and take deep breaths", he continued.

John Moore said he knew he was taking "an important image" when he captured a little girl in tears but that he "could never have expected that it would have had this level of impact". A Facebook fundraiser that used the photograph to solicit funds to help reunite families has already raised almost $20 million, becoming the single largest crowdfunding campaign in the history of the social media platform.

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