Trigger warning: This post contains a graphic image of a little boy’s body. Mamamia has decided to share a censored version of the image because it is too easy to forget that this is the reality many children face as they’re caught up in the refugee crisis.
Earlier this month, the body of three-year-old Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach after the boat in which has family had tried to seek refuge, capsized.
Photos of Aylan’s tiny body lying face-down in the sand sent shockwaves throughout the world.
The tragic images drew attention to the plight of men, women and children fleeing the horrors of the Syrian conflict, and prompted candlelit vigils and policy discussions across both Europe and Australia. (Read more about Australia’s response to the image here.)
But one unusual tribute to the little boy has raised a few eyebrows this week — because it’s unclear whether it actually honoured the little boy, or disrespected him.
The tribute involved 30 activists and journalists, dressed in Aylan’s final outfit of a red t-shirt, blue shorts and sneakers, lying face-down on the sand.