- Rugby star tweets graphic photo of dead Syrian children after visit to Lebanese refugee camp
- UNICEF distances itself from the tweet
The All Blacks and Chiefs player, who was key to New Zealand's Rugby World Cup success in London in August, tweeted a photo
of what appears to be two young children who have been killed in an explosion. He accompanied the split image with: "What did these children do to deserve this? This summer share a thought for the innocent lives lost everyday (sic) in war."
The tweet was posted on Tuesday, after Williams had returned from a visit to settlements in the Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border with Lebanon, where he was working with UNICEF New Zealand as an ambassador. He is not an official UNICEF ambassador, but rather was invited to join the trip with the organization to help him understand -- and promote awareness of -- the plight of those affected by Syria's civil war.
The tweet has met with mixed responses, and at the time of writing had been retweeted 1,700 times and liked 2,100 times. Some called him "insensitive" while others supported his decision to "highlight reality."
UNICEF New Zealand has distanced itself from Williams' post, and a spokesman confirmed that the photos were no