The Child Who’s Become a Symbol of Europe’s Migrant Crisis


It’s an image that’s now been seen around the world: a little boy lying facedown and lifeless on a beach, his head being lapped by the waves.

The photo went viral on the Internet Thursday, sparking outrage and drawing attention to the worsening migrant crisis in Europe. The 3-year-old was part of a Syrian family fleeing Kobani, trapped in violence between Kurdish fighters and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

The family was trying to get to Greece from Turkey when their boat capsized. The little boy’s name was Aylan Kurdi and he was traveling with his mother Reha, his father Abdullah and his brother Galip, who was 5 years old, along with twelve other passengers. Aylan, Reha and Galip all drowned when the boat capsized; Abdullah survived.

Abdullah Kurdi told the Associated Press that the captain of the boat panicked in the rough seas and leaped…

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