Aylan: the face of the Refugee Crisis

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dullah al-Kurdi (C), father of the drowned three-year-old boy Aylan Kurdi from Syria, holds his son's body as they burry drowned migrants during a funeral in Kobane, Syria, 04 September 2015. Pictures of the boy's body washed ashore in Turkey appeared on 02 September after his family tried to escape the conflict in Syria. His mother, Rehan, and 5-year-old brother, Galip, also died. Pictures of Alan (also spelled Aylan) lying face down in a shallow pool of water where he was found by Turkish police caused outrage around the world and led to an outpouring of sympathy for Syrian refugees.

A boy that gave a name and a face to facts


The general story is familiar. From July 2014 to July 2015, there are 210,000 asylum applications in the EU by Syrian nationals; for June 2015 alone the number was 28,000 and over 32,000 in July; the numbers for August are not out yet. But, on Wednesday, spread through social media, the tragic picture of a three year old boy found dead on the Turkish coast in Bodrum gave the plight of the Syrian asylum a face. The boy became a symbol.

The picture did not tell the whole story. On Wednesday, th...


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