The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria. Photo: Julia Le Duc/AP/Shutterstock/Julia Le Duc/AP/Shutterstock
[...] migrants, including children are believed to have drowned [...]
German rescuer from the humanitarian organization Sea-Watch holds a drowned migrant baby, off the Libyan coast on May 27, 2016.
Alan Kurdi's corpse, photographed by a Turkish journalist in the morning's early light on September 2, 2015, looked at first like a sleeping toddler, the 3-year-old's cheek pressed against the sand in breaking water. It was an image that ripped through a crowded news cycle, articulating without words the horror of what was unfolding on the beaches reserved for carefree Mediterranean holidays. Alan was one of millions of Syrians fleeing that country's brutal civil war, but it was the photograph of his death that raised global consciousness to the refugee crisis. The image was shared, retweeted, published and discussed across the world, and then forgotten.