A photo of a three-year-old boy named Alan Kurdi has been making the rounds on the internet. His small body lays on the beach, arms at his sides, knees pulled up, bum slightly raised. This is how my son sleeps.
Alan could almost be sleeping, except that his face is pressed too deeply into the sand, too close to the lapping waves. Like all parents, my initial reaction was visceral – this is WRONG. This should not have happened. This should never happen, especially to children. Despite this, I felt hopeless. I thought that I lacked sufficient power or wealth to make any real impact.
|Photo courtesy of MSF|
1) Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières
|Photo courtesy Unicef Canada|
|Photo courtesy of Canadian Red Cross|
3) Red Cross
|Photo courtesy of UNHCR|
4) The UN Refugee Agency