Alan (Aylan) Kurdi


body of 4 year old Syrian refugee washed ashore in Turkeye.


The four-year-old refugee boy died last year as his family tried to cross the Aegean Sea to Europe. A picture of his dead body washed ashore on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey, created a stir worldwide, prompting people to ponder the extent of the refugee crisis.

This year in March, German artists Oguz Sen and Justus Becker decided to paint a mural in their home town of Frankfurt. "We paint political images and we got the idea to make a picture of Aylan," Becker told DW. Despite their seriousness, events like the boy's drowning tended to fade out of public memory, said Becker, who also goes by the name of COR, adding, "We wanted to make something that would last." After much discussion and a vote at the local community elections, Becker and Sen got a wall by the Main River all to themselves, and the 20-meter-wide and six-meter-tall graffiti was born.

..Suspected right-wing activists destroyed the painting, spraying "Borders protect lives" all over it. The words were a reference to comments made by far-right movements, including PEGIDA, which have canvassed for sealing the EU's frontiers in order to prevent refugees from illegally crossing into Europe and risking being shot by border guards.

The defacement received varied responses by social media users, for example on Twitter. This user said it was a shame that "racists" did not even leave the dead alone.

But this person was clearly supporting the defacers, saying, "Unknown persons deface Aylan painting - finally! This propaganda of leftist lies is shameful." text from:" target="_blank"> WIKIPEDIA:
"Reactions to the photos
The photograph of Kurdi's body caused a dramatic upturn in international concern over the refugee crisis. French President François Hollande phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and some European leaders after the images of Kurdi emerged in the media. He said that the picture must be a reminder of the world's responsibility regarding refugees.[39] British Prime Minister David Cameron said he felt deeply moved by images of Kurdi.[40] Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny commented on the photographs of Kurdi and described the refugee crisis as a "human catastrophe" and found the pictures "absolutely shocking".[41]

The picture has been credited with causing a surge in donations to charities helping migrants and refugees, with one charity, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, recording a 15-fold increase in donations within 24 hours of its publication.[42]

An article in The Guardian, on 22 December 2015, outlined a collection of what it described as "outrageous claims" against Abdullah Kurdi. It was said that he was an opportunist who used his status as a Syrian refugee for personal gain. Another source said that Abdullah was profiting from the tragedy, including selling his dead son's clothes to a museum in Paris. Australian politician Cory Bernardi claimed that "The father sent them on that boat so he could get dental treatment". Some anti-immigration politicians claimed that the image of Alan on the beach had been faked.

text:   Wikipedia

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