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Warning: This story contains graphic images that some readers may find distressing.Pictures of a toddler’s lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach have sparked horror as the cost of Europe’s burgeoning refugee crisis hit home.
Key points:Body of drowned toddler washes ashore on Turkish beachChild believed to be one of 12 Syrians trying to reach Greece before boats sank20,000 people in Britain sign petition urging government to accept more asylum seekers
The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey’s main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe. Wearing a red t-shirt and blue shorts, the child is believed to be one of least 12 Syrians trying to reach Greece who died when their boats sank.”If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?” Britain’s Independent said in remarks echoed in newspapers across the continent.As Europeans reeled once again at human cost of the biggest movement of people since World War II, top diplomats from France, Italy and Germany urged a rethink of European rules on asylum to allow for a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the 28-member bloc.The call came as tensions soared between European states over how to tackle the huge influx of refugees and migrants, as thousands more arrived on the Greek mainland where more than 160,000 people have already landed this year alone. Over the last week, there has been a dramatic spike in the numbers of migrants — mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa — seeking to leave Turkey by sea for Greece in the hope of finding new lives in the European Union.The Turkish coastguard said two boats had sunk after separately after setting off from its Bodrum peninsula for the Greek Aegean island of Kos early on Wednesday.
Among the dead were five children and a woman, while 15 others were rescued, the coastguard said.”Do Something, David” said the Huffington Post’s UK edition in a direct appeal to British prime minister David Cameron, who has accepted a lower …Read More