For some time now, newspapers have been capturing the plight of the Syrian refugees, desperate to migrate to Europe, because of the issues back home. However, this incident has caused an uproar around the world (once more thanks to social media) and has given international coverage to the plight of the Syrian refugees.
A photograph of the tiny body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi face down in the sand at the Aegean resort of Bodrum (Turkish beach) swept social media and since then has been the headline of prominent newspapers across the world.
Of all the harrowing images of this crisis, the image of this little Syrian boy, has affected people around the world the most. Their father – who survived – described them as the “most wonderful children in the world”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged the leader during this time urging Europe to collectively deal with the migrant crisis, and not see it as a problem of Germany alone. Merkel said coping with war refugees was a European-wide obligation.
Meanwhile, leaders around the world are willing to address the issue.
“It`s just unbearable that we`re doing nothing. Canada has an obligation to act,” Canadian leader Thomas Mulcair said, choking up while speaking during a campaign stop in Toronto.
One of the leaders said that they were trying their best to help. “If we look at the millions of people who are in danger, the tens of thousands who are dying, we could drive ourselves crazy with grief. Obviously we do what we can do to help,” said Harper.