The image of drowned 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi rocked the conscience of Europe as more and more call for supporting the refugees arriving in Europe….reports Asian Lite News
British newspaper The Independent launched a campaign to muster 100,000 signatures to make the parliament to discuss the issue. The newspaper urged Prime Minister David Cameron to ‘do more.’
“Now, we call on our readers to sign a petition which urges the Government to accept Britain’s fair share of refugees fleeing war-torn countries. And we encourage you to join our social media campaign to prove that those in real need of a safe haven will receive a compassionate welcome from many of us here,” the Independent said
“And to political leaders in this country and across the EU we say this: if ever there was a time for Europe to work together – and to show how far the continent has come since the dark days of the last world war – it must be now,” it added.
(You can sign the petition here – http://chn.ge/1QayFUz)
Aylan,3, was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned trying to make it to the Greek island of Kos. One of the photographs shows the boy, wearing a red t-shirt and shorts, lying face-down on the shore with his hands by his side. Another shows a rescue worked carrying his lifeless body to land.
The images have been widely circulated online, with many tweeting the hashtag #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik (humanity washed ashore).
Aylan’s 5-year-old brother was also died on the same boat. Media reports said he was from the north Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border, scene of heavy fighting between Islamic State insurgents and Kurdish regional forces a few months ago.
The two boats, carrying a total of 23 people, had set off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula, a senior Turkish naval official said.
The confirmed dead included five children and one woman. Seven people were rescued and two reached the shore in life jackets. The official said hopes were fading of saving the two people still missing.
The army said its search and rescue teams had saved hundreds of migrants in the seas between Turkey and Greek islands over the last few days.