On Wednesday morning (Sept. 2), Turkish police found the body of a 3-year-old Syrian refugee – Aylan Kurdi – who had drowned together with his 5-year-old brother Ghalib and mother Rehan in the Mediterranean sea while trying to escape Syria. Images of his lifeless body went viral, driving home the danger and desperation of the refugee crisis in Syria and inspiring a powerful emotional response from artists around the world.

These touching responses range from grief to rage, and regardless of where you stand on the Syrian refugee crisis and Europe's response, one thing is certain – children like Aylan and Ghalib should not be dying like this.

(h/t: reuters)

3-year-old Aylan Kurdi as he was found

syrian-boy-drowned-mediterranean-tragedy-artists-respond-aylan-kurdi-1 Image credits: Nilufer Demir/Reuters

This is how artists around the world responded:

#1 Do You See It Now?

Do You See It Now?

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david 1 year ago

Our attention is so ephemeral and this will be lost as fast as all epiphanies. It's how those who rule us survive in power. You don't deserve to weep if you don't join a movement for change. Dry your eyes, Kim and Kanye is the next story.

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#2 How His Story Should Have Ended...

How His Story Should Have Ended...

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RhianBeynon 1 year ago

Leave the farther alone. He is suffering more pain than you will know. That image is horriiffic. That little innocent belongs to his Dad. Peace PLEACE EVERYONE.

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#3 We Are Losing Ourselves As Humans,and The People Will Die Around The Borders

We Are Losing Ourselves As Humans,and The People Will Die Around The Borders

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MarieDwyer 1 year ago

This one is my favorite/the creatures are crying and we are noting the tragedy. What has happened to humanity?

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#4 God Be With You, Little Angel. The Death Of Tragic Syrian Toddler Aylan By Gunduz Aghayev

God Be With You, Little Angel. The Death Of Tragic Syrian Toddler Aylan By Gunduz Aghayev

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DespinaPerraki 1 year ago

Pain in the soul!!!

#5 Hell Is The Reality We Living In

Hell Is The Reality We Living In

Khaled Yeslam Report

AnnSefir 1 year ago

poor soul ! pour souls aroun 4- 5 years now there are killed merciless ,Europa knew USA also. And ....RIP for all pure souls ! also.

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#6 Just Sleeping

Just Sleeping

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PsotnyPuk 1 year ago

Oh God, this hits me so bad...

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#7 I Hope Humanity Finds A Cure For Visas

I Hope Humanity Finds A Cure For Visas

ALBAIH Report

TurabRzayev 1 year ago

your heart is just stone

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#8 The Leaders Watching

The Leaders Watching

Umm Talha Report

ShirleyBond 1 year ago

The point is they are not leaders or they would lead and do something about this

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#9 Sleep My Child

Sleep My Child

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SusanMoore 1 year ago

I wrote a poem once about a river god, this seems to fit it a little

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#10 Humanity Washed Ashore

Humanity Washed Ashore

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DianaCovell 1 year ago

WHAT A TRAGEDY THAT THIS FAMILY DIED WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE. They do not deserve to die like this.

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#11 Humanity Washed Ashore

Humanity Washed Ashore

Muaaz Alkhadra Report

Martin 1 year ago

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At least someone beat Banksy to it before that ripoff artist did

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#12 Flying Angel

Flying Angel

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ShashwatShriparv 1 year ago

कहने के लिए पूरी दुनिया है लेकिंग इस बच्चे के लिए कोई जगह नहीं :(

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