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Photo of dead Syrian boy captures human tragedy of Europe's migrant crisis

It was an image that captured the human tragedy of Europe’s migrant crisis: a Turkish border guard tenderly cradling the lifeless body of a Syrian-Kurdish toddler, washed ashore on the beach of a holiday resort. The body of the little boy, still dressed in bright red t-shirt and shorts, was found lying face-down in the surf on the beach near the resort town of Bodrum, 250 miles west of the city of Antalya on Turkey’s idyllic ‘Turquoise Coast’. As Europe’s politicians struggle to reach consensus over how best to handle the worst migrant crisis since the Second World War, the image of the dead child lit up the internet under the heading "humanity washed ashore". The boy was among 23 migrants who Turkish naval officials said had set off in two small boats from the Bodrum peninsular in a failed attempt to reach the Greek island of Kos, where thousands of migrants have arrived in recent weeks.

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