Syrian boy, 3, lying dead on Turkish beach: A picture worth a trillion tears!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one demands trillions of tears.

By Supriya Jha | Updated: Sep 06, 2015, 02:33 AM IST
Syrian boy, 3, lying dead on Turkish beach: A picture worth a trillion tears!

Ankara: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one demands trillions of tears.

As a three-year-old Syrian migrant kid lay dead on a beach in Turkey, stirring peoples' consciences, I could not help but jot down these lines.

“He sleeps on the velvet of sand and sea

With as much peace that can never be,

He sleeps assured of fairies and angels

He knows not, truth is bitter than fantasy.

He sleeps with the memories of dad & mom

With a heartbreaking innocence to die for,

Better to depart this land of the heartless

where all d humanity has been 'washed ashore'.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words,

But this one is worth a trillion tears.

I cry with the sorrow of a thousand souls,

I wince at the mere thought of it,

Is humanity dead? Just as the world fears?

The picture above (posted on Twitter by Washington Post Beirut bureau chief Liz Sly) is that of a three year old Syrian-Kurd boy Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on Turkey's Bodrum beach.

The child is said to be one of the 11 Syrian refugees who drowned after their boat sank in a bid to reach the Greek island of Kos from Turkey. 

The picture was released by a Turkish news agency DHA and has gone viral on the social media with netizens shocked to see the true face of migrant crisis.

This is not the first case of a migrant drowning while on way to European shores, as according to International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 2,600 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since January this year.

However, this particular picture of the three-year-old Syrian kid, has captured the worldwide attention in a way that will not be easy to forget.

A Twitter user Mustafa al-Najafi @MustafaNajafi also tweeted DHA news agency's 16-second video clip of the child lying dead on the beach as waves came and retreated.

See the video here:

The heartbreaking picture triggered a plethora of tweets from the netizens who posted their reactions with the hashtag "humanity washed ashore".

Wednesday saw #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik (that literally means 'humanity washed ashore') trending on twitter with many expressing shock and regretting about 'humanity being dead'.

Here are some reactions triggered on Twitter by the picture: