Migrant crisis: Syrians despair over drowned boy photo

DAMASCUS - There has been a stunned reaction among Syrian social media users to the photo of a Syrian child washed up on the Turkish shores.

The picture which was released by a Turkish news agency, is reported to be of three-year-old Alan, who drowned along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother, Rihan.

Rozana FM, a new private Syrian radio station, said it had spoken to the father, who was a hairdresser in Damascus before moving to Turkey, on Thursday.

A photo of Aylan Kurdi lying drowned on a Turkish beach has ignited anger.

They quoted him as saying that he repeatedly attempted to reach Greece and he had recently met two smugglers who offered to transport the family "for 4,000 euros" (£2,900, $4,500).

The father also said that his son "is a symbol of the Syrian suffering", calling on the whole world to be "merciful of Syrians".


The now-famous picture of the drowned boy in his red shirt spread like wildfire among Syrian social media users, with many editing the image to drive home messages of anger and dismay.

Syrian cartoonist Yasser Ahmed drew an image of a shark and other sea creatures in the sea weeping at the sight of a boy's washed-up body on the shore.

Comments (4)

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