It took a devastating photograph to get the world to pay attention. The image of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi went viral in September 2015, showing the toddler’s lifeless body washed ashore in Turkey after his family tried to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to find safety in Greece.
It was a wake-up call for the international community, particularly people in rich, developed nations who had yet to grasp the scope of continued human suffering caused by the years-long Syrian conflict. But today, as more than 22.5 million people have fled countries like Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar because of civil war, famine, and ethnic cleansing, sentiment around the crisis has become nearly as complex as the crisis itself.
Author: Matt Petronzio