FACT CHECK: No, Children Rescued From Captivity Are Not Dying After Seeing The Sun

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on Twitter claims to show an image of tents set up in New York City to treat children kept in underground captivity. 

Verdict: False

The image is miscaptioned. A spokesperson for Christian humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse told Check Your Fact that the image shows volunteers treating adult COVID-19 patients only.

Fact Check: 

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The Twitter post claims children who were held in cages underground were being treated in tents. The photo appears to show white tents with people gathered around.

“Tents were set up to treat the babies and children that were underground in cages,” the post reads. “Pipes were placed inside tunnels for fresh air.”

The image is miscaptioned, however, and has nothing to do with children in underground cages. The photo was captured by AFP photographer Bryan R. Smith.

“Volunteers from the International Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse set up an Emergency Field Hospital for patients suffering from the coronavirus in Central Park across Fifth Avenue from Mt. Sinai Hospital on March 30, 2020 in New York,” the AFP caption reads. (RELATED: Is The NYC Subway Making Posters Featuring Jordan Neely And Daniel Penny)

“This information is not correct. Samaritan’s Purse set up an Emergency Field Hospital in Central Park to treat COVID patients as the number of cases in New York City overwhelmed the local healthcare system,” a spokesperson for Samaritan’s Purse told Check Your Fact in an email.

“We partnered with Mount Sinai Hospital and exclusively treated adult patients with COVID. We did not treat any children, including the population you mention below,” the spokesperson continued.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter