Syrian Boy Lived Alone With His Dog For 8 Months

Aug 14, 2017 at 7:10 AM ET

A viral video of a 14-year-old Syrian refugee prompted a nationwide search across Turkey, and hopefully a happy ending for the young boy.

Hassan is a teenager who was found living on the streets of Istanbul with his dog, Olive. His mother died when he was young and his father is still stuck in Syria, so Hassan has survived on his own for the last three years. 

The video of Hassan and Olive went viral in the Middle East, catalyzing region outcry and prompting Turkish authorities to look for him. Hassan was eventually found and placed in child protective services. 

Since the start of the Syrian War, nearly 3 million refugees have fled to Turkey.