For three months, 6-year old Syrian kid Fawaz Al-Qatifan was kidnapped by a criminal gang in his hometown in Daraa to the south of Syria. Yet, his story did not make it to online platforms until after the tragedy of Morocco's Ryan last week.
According to his family, Fawaz was kidnapped by a gang that called his family and demanded a 50 million Syrian Liras ransom, which is about $150,000 USD.
Syrian child, Fawaz Al-Qatifan, has been released after being held captive for 3 months by a criminal gang in #Daraa, Syria.— DOAM (@doamuslims) February 12, 2022
Fawaz’s family paid the required ransom and he’s s reported to be in good health.#SaveFawaz #فواز_القطيفان pic.twitter.com/G6iM6sMVcn
On Saturday, online people widely shared videos of Fawaz's family as they celebrated his return home after the ransom money was collected by donations and paid to the bandits.
#SaveFawaz— ㅅ (@iamsar0a_) February 6, 2022
A Syrian child from Daraa was abducted on his way to school by a gang and they’re asking for a ransom. They shared a video where they’re whipping him while he lay naked on the ground begging them to stop. Please help us bring this to attention#فواز_القطيفان pic.twitter.com/amoTiuX7GD
The Qatifan family, who was unable to collect the needed money to save their child, had called on Syrians and social media users to help them free Fawaz.
Fawaz's family had also shared videos that were sent to them by the gang in which 6-year-old Fawaz can be seen beaten and tortured by the individuals who have been trying to pressure his family to send the money in exchange for the child.
Online calls had also featured well-known Syrian actor Abdulhakeem Qutaifan who hails from the same family as Fawaz. Abdulhakeem Qutaifan posted a video on his social media channels pleading for Syrians to help free the 6-year old as soon as possible.
#فواز_قطيفان Very bad when you see a child being tortured because of something that has nothing to do with him, very sad when we see that humanity has gone from a lot of people because of money but we are with you and God willing you will get rid of this worry #فواز_القطيفان pic.twitter.com/5GWMj7XZ9S— ein_as.z (@104Zain) February 5, 2022
Other commentators expressed their concern that sending in the money for the kidnappers might result in an increase of such crimes, as more criminals will aim at kidnapping kids for ransom as an easy way to obtain cash in the war-torn country with a severe economic crisis.
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