A photo of a drowned child, washed up on a beach in Turkey has spread across social media this week after a dozen Syrian refugees died in their attempt to reach Greece.
The photo was taken near the Turkish resort town of Bodrum. The refugees were attempting to flee to the island of Kos, and then eventually make their way to Canada. It’s reported that Turkey denied them direct travel to Canada, and so this is the route they sought.
The boy is 3-yr-old Aylan Kurdi. His brother also perished in the incident.
They’re part of massive wave of Syrian refugees fleeing the violence that has gripped their homeland. It’s estimated that 2,000 people a day are making the journey to Greek territory in a bid for safer climes.
Is this picture an appropriate one for newspapers and media outlets to post? Some consider photos like this to be nothing more than grief porn. What will the release of this photo achieve? Is it immoral for media to make money off the publication and display of the picture? Will this start an important discussion on the crisis gripping Europe and the Middle East?
Here’s what callers had to say about this: