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This Illustration Of The Drowned Syrian Boy Is Powerful And Heartbreaking

This will move you to tears.

On Wednesday, images of a drowned Syrian boy, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach, captured the world’s attention.

Three- year-old Alan Kurdi, along with his mother, father and brother were trying to flee Syria and reach the Greek island of Kos when their boat capsized. Kurdi, his five-year-old brother Galib and his mother Reham all drowned. The boy’s father, Abdullah, survived.

According to CBC, the family was trying to get to Canada with the help of their aunt.

Now artists all over the world are paying tribute to the little boy who drowned with moving illustrations. However, one in particular resonated with parents everywhere.


On Wednesday, Turkish artist Omer Tosun shared this image on Twitter. The caption translated to English reads, “I am only dreaming of what could have been, I think this expresses what a shame it is.”

Tosun’s image quickly spread and was retweeted by L.A. writer Steve Dennis, who wrote: “How his story should have ended.”

In just two days, Dennis’ tweet garnered over 2,000 favourites and 3,000 retweets. Many users also responded with comments about how much Tosum’s image had affected them.






Our hearts are breaking. Rest in peace, little one.

Editor's Note: The boys' aunt told The Canadian Press that their names are Alan and Galib, and not Aylan and Galip as originally released by the Turkish government.

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