Good stock photos can be hard to come by sometimes, especially if they’re of niche matters like child soldiers. So when a bustling newsroom intern tracks down a perfect photo of children wielding rifles and sitting on tanks, it’s too good to pass up. Even if the photo looks a little off.


The photo in question, though, is more than just doctored. It’s not even real. In fact, it’s a promotional image released by Konami for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Recently, however, it was used by TV network RT (previously Russia Today) to illustrate child soldiers in a SophieCo segment featuring former child soldier turned hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal.


The full video can be found at RT; the camera pans across the image around 5:50.

Source: Gamespot via Kotaku via Tumblr

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