The image that shocked the world

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Again, the power of strong photography communicated the human tragedy of Europe’s migrant crisis.

A Turkish border guard carries the lifeless body of a 3-year-old Syrian-Kurdish child, Aylan Kurdi, found on a Turkish beach.

The photos shocked the world, drawing more attention to the tragedy of illegal immigration crisis plaguing Europe.

Editors in the European Union struggled to reach consensus over how best to handle the worst migrant crisis since the Second World War. The image of the dead child was published across the world on September 4, 2015.

Paul Waldman questioned the ethics behind this image and noted that Aylan was only one of thousands who have died this year alone trying to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe.

In his column, Roy Greenslade (The Guardian) mentioned Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, who argued that the picture of a girl fleeing a napalm attack in Vietnam in 1972 “turned American public opinion against that terrible war.” 

Could this picture of the boy on the beach turn European opinion? Will it become “a symbol of European brutality or humanity,” she asked.



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