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The Child

The Contrary Perspective

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Editor’s Note: In September 2015, a powerful photograph of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee who washed up dead on a Turkish beach, put a human face on the terrible tragedy of constant warfare in the Middle East.  Aylan Kurdi was an innocent; so too was his older brother and mother.  They all died fleeing the civil war that has engulfed Syria and surrounding lands.

557 Aylan Kurdi (left) and his older brother Galip both died fleeing war

The photograph helped to galvanize efforts to help war refugees, but the effect was temporary.  Already a new narrative was building that many of these refugees were dangerous, perhaps even predators or terrorists.  The shift in narrative reached a new level of twisted cynicism in a recent cartoon in Charlie Hebdo that features Aylan Kurdi, all grown up, chasing a German woman in an attempt to assault her sexually.


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One comment on “The Child

  1. Neha Jain
    January 14, 2016

    Yes I saw that, it was really a heartless joke. When you look at the picture of the two boys, it does not matter who they were and where they were going. What matters is the horrifying truth that they died fighting for something that is so basic to the rest of us: “a right to survive peacefully”. The death of the child face down, is the death of innocence.


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