This heart-rending photo of a Syrian toddler’s lifeless body that was washed up by tides on a Turkish beach soon circulated on social media on Wednesday.
Tagged with the Turkish hashtag #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik (Humanity washed ashore), the image made it to Twitter’s top world trending topics.
The little boy was identified as 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi from the Kurdish-Syrian city of Kobani wearing a red t-shirt and blue shorts who drowned along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother.
The toddler was believed to be one of least 12 Syrians trying to reach Greece who died when their boats sank.
This heartbreaking and shocking images show tragic plight of refugees and is a reminder of the dangers children and families are taking in search of a better life.
Arguing Britain must do more to help refugees, Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said,” It is heartbreaking what is happening on our continent. We cannot keep turning our backs on this. We can – and must – do more.”
‘If every area in the UK took just 10 families, we could offer sanctuary to 10,000 refugees. Let’s not look back with shame at our inaction.’