Someone Has Placed A Heartbreaking Obituary For The Little Boy Who Drowned On A Turkish Beach

    "Rest in peace Aylan Kurdi. May God forgive us for failing you."

    The images of two young boys, Aylan and Galip Kurdi, who drowned off a Turkish beach resort on Wednesday have captured the attention of people around the world.

    A set of photos of Aylan in particular, being picked up by a local man on a sandy Bodrum beach, has shocked many people.


    Aylan has become a striking symbol, with artists around the world joining to mourn his death. Many are using the hashtags #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik or #HumanityWashedAshore.

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    In Friday's Sydney Morning Herald, someone decided to take out space for an obituary for the little Kurdish boy.

    Nestled among funeral notices for Australians was the short but emotional tribute for the boy who died half a world away.

    AylanYou did not deserve to drown in the coldness of water and in the coldness of human indifference.You were not a Migrant. You were not a Refugee. You were a 3yr old little boy wanting to play safely, away from the threats of violence and war.In Heaven, you will be nursed by those who held you, by those who kissed you and by those who risked everything in the hope of you reaching the shores of safety.Rest In Peace Aylan Kurdi. May God forgive us for failing you.

    Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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