Cartoonists Memorialize Aylan Kurdi, Toddler Who Drowned Fleeing Syria

A man holds a poster with a drawing depicting Aylan, a drowned Syrian toddler, during a demonstration for refugee rights in Istanbul, Turkey, September 3. The image of Aylan went viral on social media and piled pressure on European leaders. Osman Orsal/REuters

The world has been captivated by images of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian toddler who drowned this week while fleeing war-torn Syria. The 3-year-old died during the dangerous boat journey from Turkey to Greece, as did his 5-year-old brother, Galip, and his mother. Nine others on the boat also perished.

The iconic photo taken after Aylan's body washed up on shore has spurred discussion of the refugee situation among world politicians, humanitarians and journalists. In addition, cartoonists have been commenting on Aylan's death, with some memorializing him, some comparing him to their own children and some denouncing politicians for allowing a situation that led to him meeting such an end.

My cartoon Friday @TheTimes: Drowned children...the EU is all at sea #migrantcrisis #Aylan

— Peter Brookes (@BrookesTimes) September 4, 2015

#Khartoon - I Hope Humanity Finds a Cure for Visas #Syria #refugeeswelcome #refugeecrisis #Germany #Italy #Greece

— ود البيه (@khalidalbaih) September 2, 2015

Cartoon of Syrian Kurd Yaser Amed on Aylan al-Kurdi's death

— Wladimir (@vvanwilgenburg) September 3, 2015

«L'image qui hante l'Europe» Dessin d'Alex #Aylan #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik #migrants #cartoon

— La Liberté (@laliberte) September 4, 2015

#InPics: Global artists pay homage to Syrian child #AylanKurdi who drowned off Turkey coast |

— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) September 4, 2015

Taking Refuge In Heaven

Sleep well #AylanKurdi.

Rest in Paradise little man.

— Inkquisitive (@Inkquisitive) September 4, 2015

A poignant caricature of #AylanKurdi with emblems of the #UN & #ArabLeague on sole of his shoes. Both failed him.

— Hala Jaber (@HalaJaber) September 4, 2015

Death of the Arab conscience. #AylanKurdi

— Zoha Waseem (@ZohaWaseem) September 4, 2015

“No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik

— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 3, 2015

#migrantcrisis The photo that upsets Europe #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik editorial #cartoon for @Lopinion_fr

— KAK 🏳️‍🌈 (@MonsieurKak) September 3, 2015

Poignant tributes to Alan Kurdi shared on social media with hashtag #HumanityWashedAshore #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik

— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) September 4, 2015

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