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Fact Check: Image of a boy selling masks shared with unverified emotional story

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The claim shared with this viral image that the boy was giving away masks for free to those who don’t have money as advised by his mother is misleading. We did not find any such emotional story associated with it.

Recently, an image has surfaced on social media platforms showing a young boy sellling masks. The picture says the boy is giving away masks for free to those who do not have money, as his mother asked him to help people in need.

A Facebook user shared the image with a hashtag '#My_mask_my_safety'.

The image is being widely shared on Facebook with a similar narrative. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. We did not find any such emotional story attached to the picture. This is seven-year-old Uzbillah who along with his brother was selling masks at a street corner in Pakistan’s Karachi last year.

With the help of reverse image search, we found this image carried in an article on voacambodia.com that was published on March 31, 2020. The image has been credited to 'Reuters' and the caption with it reads, "Seven-year-old Uzbillah sells face masks during a lockdown after Pakistan shut all markets, public places and discouraged large gatherings amid an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)."

We also found the the original picture on the Reuters website with credits to photographer Akhtar Soomro.

Neither Reuters nor any Pakistani media have associated any emotional story that the boy was giving away masks for free to those who don’t have money as advised by his mother.

Hence, it can be concluded that the claim widely shared with this image is misleading. 

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