German Health Ministry features Greece as ‘Turkey’s child’ in public campaign

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An online public information campaign by Germany’s health ministry which depicts Greece as a child under Turkey’s care, prompted outrage on social media on Monday. 

The campaign, which includes information in 16 different languages, features a graphic depicting Turkey as a mother holding a child, Greece, by the hand.

But the sight of the young Greek girl under the protection of “Mother Turkey” angered many social media users, as it was viewed as portraying Turkey as being more successful than Greece in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

“What the hell were you thinking of? How pathetically coarse and ignorant are you #germans,” wrote Twitter user @GreekCoffee2.

“Greece as the child of Turkey?! Coronavirus has definitely confused the Germans,” another Twitter user, @Jimgial1, wrote.

Even Turkish Twitter users ironically laughed about it and some noted the failing performance of Turkey to deal with the pandemic.

Following this uproar and the reactions, the German Ministry of Health removed the controversial Tweet with the photo from its social media accounts.

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