It’s understood by many that the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe right now is bad and after this image of a young boy washed up on a Turkish beach appeared on Wednesday it has become the tragic symbol of war-torn refugees seeking a better life.
The toddler who was just three years old has been identified as Aylan Kurdi and was found lying face down in the sand, washed up on a beach near to the resort town of Bodrum.
Aylan was one of 17 refugees travelling from their now war-torn home country of Syria. In a desperate attempt to reach the Greek island of Kos they used a dinghy to cross the Aegean Sea, however with 17 people onboard overcrowding caused the dingy to over turn.
Aylan is thought to have drowned along with a dozen others who were onboard including his 5-year-old brother Galip and his mother Rihan who was 35. His father survived.