Heartless or plain stupid? Woman dresses up as refugee with baby for Halloween

Published November 2nd, 2015 - 08:00 GMT

A woman has sparked outrage by dressing up as a refugee with a baby in a sling for 'Halloween'.

The undated image of a woman wearing a pink dress and headscarf with a baby tied around her body was posted online alongside the caption 'refugee' by Abigail Dapron from South Africa.

The photograph, which appears to have been taken during Halloween celebrations, has been widely shared and criticised on Twitter. 

Jigme Ugen, president of The Tibetan National Congress, wrote: 'Livid & appalled by the woman dressed as a #SyrianRefugee with a doll [baby] sling-wrapped as her #Halloween costume. Insensitive & racist.'

Omar Ghabra added: 'This woman thought it would be a good idea to be a Syrian refugee for #Halloween.'

Mariana wrote: 'Who just wakes up one day and thinks "yeah I'm going to be a Syrian refugee for Halloween. Great idea! yeah!"'

Areeb Ullah said: 'Someone thought it'd be funny to dress up as a Syrian refugee for Halloween. Humanity.'

Hanin Abu-Shamat tweeted: 'Just saw a photo of a lady dressed up as a Syrian refugee for #Halloween... Some people's pain come across as entertaining to others! Sad...'

Alongside a video of the headscarf being secured to the woman's head, Ms Dapron wrote: 'Perks of having Saudi raised besties ;) #hijabmaster #weloveourrefugeefriends #jesuslovestherefugees #jesuswasarefugee.'

By Jenny Stanton

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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