A photograph of a drowned 3-year old Syrian-Kurdish boy named Aylan Kurdi surfaced online on the 4th of September. His young body was found in the shores of Bodrum. Photographs were taken by journalist Nilufer Demir and had spread worldwide that broke millions of hearts and called international responses.
Aylan was one of the 12 confirmed refugees, including 4 more children and a woman, who have drowned after two boats sank on their way to escape the chaotic war in the Southwest Turkey heading to Kos, Greece.
Syrian Nationals had been risking their lives to escape the ongoing bloodshed in their homeland since 2011. Anti-government demonstrations began to escalate from peaceful protests to violent crackdowns that provokes the Syrians to move out and to transfer to Europe.
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According to UNHCR, more than 2500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. But death is just one of the dreadful results of the war. Lots of photographs of Syrian Nationals who had survived the sea fare and safely landed to Europe were posted online.
Pictures of parents struggling to make a living in the foreign country showed how hard it is to deal with not being ‘legal’, like the father who’s carrying his kids while selling pens because he could not land a decent job. Another is a picture of a family being captured and forcibly sent back to Syria by the police before getting into the borders. Making a statement that the war is not only in their homelands, it starts there but never ends there.
Jolie said at a news conference in Southwest Turkey that the world is living through an era of mass displacement. Actress-Commissioner encouraged to public to do more to help.
'Never before have so many people been dispossessed or stripped of their human rights,' Jolie said.