Photo Of Toddler Sleeping On Some Cardboard Is Going Viral. Here’s The Story Behind It


Recently, a photo got posted on Facebook that shows the heartbreaking moment a toddler was caught in a compromising position.

Since then officials and journalists have exploded the child’s story to find out more about where he came from and where his family is.

But the truth is heartbreaking. The boy was found sleeping on the streets of an out-door market. And when you discover why, your heart will go out to this innocent child and the millions more in a similar situation as him…

The photo shows a child, who looks to be no older than three, asleep on a piece of unfolded cardboard laid out on top of dirt.

“It would be good if this innocent child slept in a kindergarten or at home, instead of at the market” shows a boy sleeping on the street on the market in Kara-Suu, Kyrgyzstan,” the photo uploaded wrote.

Side-by-side images of the child, show the boy sleeping on the cardboard from different angels. He is alone in the dirt on the outskirts of a market behind a fence.

When the investigation was sparked, officials discovered that the child’s name was Ishaq. He was confirmed to be only two-years old.

The most heartbreaking facts about his story? He is not alone in the world. He has three other siblings. And he is a familiar sight in the outdoor market, employees who work there say.

After a bit more digging, journalists at “Sputnik” identified Ishaq’s mother. She is 35-year-old Zulfiya.

She has been left to raise the four children all by herself. The father went to work one day and never came back – he could have died, he could have ran away, no one knows.

Now Zulfiya and her tiny children have no home and no place to sleep – expect on discarded pieces of cardboard.

Zulfiya said “my son fell asleep when I was working and I had no choice but to lay him on the ground in a safe place while I was busy with work. I lay a carton underneath him, he was only asleep for ten to fifteen minutes.”

Because the country grew outraged that this boy was left to sleep in the dirt, the government was forced to intervene. The President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev ordered government officials to take care of the child.

“Chief of Staff of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Farid Niyazov instructed to study the situation with the baby in the face of the

Government Vice-Prime Minister Gulmira Kudaiberdieva and Plenipotentiary of the Cabinet in the Osh region Taalaybek Sarybasheva”, the president said in a press release.

People now hope that Ishaq and his family will get help with housing, food, and other vital survival supplies.

Thousands have been touched by this boy’s terrifying story. And dozens left comments about it on places like

Mary Wallace wrote, “Heartbreaking that so many little ones have suffered throughout their childhood. It should not be this way.”

“We are so lucky in America we do have tough times but a lot our friends & family help us out God Bless America,” shared Sandra Dombrowiak.

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