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-1Image 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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KarineAguilar
Community Member
5 years ago

Another fine example what America has done this time.. all these unjust wars created by America. Meanwhile Americans and those that are being mistreated in so many countries suffer and nothing is done about it ! Lets face it - Americans have become ruthless killers just to get their hands on OIL and other Minerals. The worst part of it all - The American Propaganda machine is in full force and Americans keep feeding it quarters. Other nations are NOT our threat Americans are the threat to other countries ...

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#2

How His Story Should Have Ended...

How His Story Should Have Ended...

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RhianBeynon
Community Member
5 years 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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PennyMcGrigor
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5 years ago

Agree fully with that sentiment

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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
Community Member
5 years ago

Pain in the soul!!!

#5

Hell Is The Reality We Living In

Hell Is The Reality We Living In

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SatillaMoulton
Community Member
5 years ago

He is someone's angel. RIP sweet little baby..

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#6

Just Sleeping

Just Sleeping

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PsotnyPuk
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5 years 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

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Martin
Community Member
5 years ago

Do muslims even believe in angels?

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#8

The Leaders Watching

The Leaders Watching

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AsliKaya
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5 years ago

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The watching leaders are not these syrian leaders, they should be european leaders at all!

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#9

Sleep My Child

Sleep My Child

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SusanMoore
Community Member
5 years 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
Community Member
5 years 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

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Martin
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5 years 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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ChristineDellaRocco
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5 years ago

LOVE THIS!

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#13

Still The Same.

Still The Same.

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DoanhSiu
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5 years ago

Sad this is the world my son will grow to see

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#14

From Embrace Of Syria To Drowning In The Sea Turkey

From Embrace Of Syria To Drowning In The Sea Turkey

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Martin
Community Member
5 years ago

If Syria was so embracing then the family wouldn't feel the need to leave that shit hole

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#15

The Warmest Embrace

The Warmest Embrace

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#16

Humanity Slipping Away...

Humanity Slipping Away...

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BonnieS
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5 years ago

I think that it is...beautifully illustrated

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#17

Leaving A Shitty World

Leaving A Shitty World

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#18

Syrian Dream By M.b.omrane - Original Artwork: Water Is Life By Maureen D. Dean

Syrian Dream By M.b.omrane - Original Artwork: Water Is Life By Maureen D. Dean

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#19

The New Face Of Humanity

The New Face Of Humanity

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#20

Noblest Of Them All

Noblest Of Them All

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MatiasArguello
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so wrong..... ... the kid's body should curve as the whale's back!

#21

We Put Him To Sleep, And It's About Time For Us To Wake Up

We Put Him To Sleep, And It's About Time For Us To Wake Up

Ghalia Al Twal Report

#22

Don't Let Compassion Drown

Don't Let Compassion Drown

mystictris Report

#23

Symbol For Crisis

Symbol For Crisis

Ahmed Falah Report

Martin
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5 years ago

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Banksy ripoff art #2

#24

In The Arms Of The Angel

In The Arms Of The Angel

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JohnWen
Community Member
5 years ago

When i first time saw this artwork , a strong sadness suddenly strike my heart.

#25

Humanity Washed Ashore

Humanity Washed Ashore

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#26

Cartoon: Rafat Al-khateeb

Cartoon: Rafat Al-khateeb

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#27

Humanity Washed Ashore

Humanity Washed Ashore

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ChristineDellaRocco
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the artwork! Nice job!

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#28

Oh, Look A Dolfin

Oh, Look A Dolfin

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#29

Pieta

Pieta

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SilvijaSavels
Community Member
5 years ago

LITTLE AYLAN IS NOW IN THE ANGELS CARE AS THE WORLD GRIEVES FOR HIS LOSS - Beautiful depiction ....such a tragedy!

#30

Society Of The Spectacle (by L'homme Jaune)

Society Of The Spectacle (by L'homme Jaune)

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#31

#arab !!

#arab !!

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#32

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#33

Proud Ride

Proud Ride

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#34

Go, Little One, With Loves

Go, Little One, With Loves

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#35

Sleep Deep In My Shoulders.. Here Is Your Safe Home..

Sleep Deep In My Shoulders.. Here Is Your Safe Home..

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#36

Thank You World

Thank You World

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#37

In Memory Of Aylan Kurdi 2012 - 2015.

In Memory Of Aylan Kurdi 2012 - 2015.

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#38

Mare Nostrum

Mare Nostrum

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elliebrosey
Community Member
5 years ago

Incredibly powerful. This one really hit me.

#39

Without Faith In Humanity

Without Faith In Humanity

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#40

Aylan(3) Ghalib(5)

Aylan(3) Ghalib(5)

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#41

#dieu

#dieu

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#42

Hope You Did Not Die In Vain Little One - Rip Aylan & Galip

Hope You Did Not Die In Vain Little One - Rip Aylan & Galip

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layannfernandez
Community Member
5 years ago

rest in peace aylan :(((

#43

Ceci N'est Pas Anne Geddes

Ceci N'est Pas Anne Geddes

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#44

I Painted This A Few Weeks Ago... Now I See A New Meaning Of My Painting.

I Painted This A Few Weeks Ago... Now I See A New Meaning Of My Painting.

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#45

The Toy

The Toy

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Martin
Community Member
5 years ago

Toy boat

#46

I Have No Words - Ik Heb Er Geen Woorden Voor

I Have No Words - Ik Heb Er Geen Woorden Voor

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#47

Foundling Child! By: Ali Miraee

Foundling Child! By: Ali Miraee

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#48

This Is Where He Should Be.

This Is Where He Should Be.

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#49

Aylan, 3 Ans Et Sa Bouteille à La Mer ... Http://www.bar-a-mines.com/category/dessins-dactu/

Aylan, 3 Ans Et Sa Bouteille à La Mer ... Http://www.bar-a-mines.com/category/dessins-dactu/

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KellyNoble
Community Member
5 years ago

instead of a message in a bottle- it's a message in a baby...this is an IMPORTANT message...:DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN ANYMORE!!!:....we 9as a nation...as individuals of this world, need to prevent anything like this from ever happening again. Bless you lil' one.

#50

In Memory Of Aylan Kurdi By Achraf Baznani

In Memory Of Aylan Kurdi By Achraf Baznani

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#51

Humanity Washed Ashore

Humanity Washed Ashore

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#52

Remember...

Remember...

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#53

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

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#54

Crisis

Crisis

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#55

Save Refugees And Extend A Helping Hand

Save Refugees And Extend A Helping Hand

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#56

Faith In Humanity - Lost

Faith In Humanity - Lost

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#57

Rest. You Rest Now. Tonight You Are Safe In The Arms Of Angels.

Rest. You Rest Now. Tonight You Are Safe In The Arms Of Angels.

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#58

Aylan & Ashley

Aylan & Ashley

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#60

The Tired Angel :)

The Tired Angel :)

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#61

Praying For You Little Angel, Aylan!

Praying For You Little Angel, Aylan!

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#62

"hope Never Dies,it's Just Asleep." Author: Francisco Vargas /country: Costa Rica

"hope Never Dies,it's Just Asleep." Author: Francisco Vargas /country: Costa Rica

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#63

Stap Looking Away

Stap Looking Away

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#65

The Softening Of Hearts

The Softening Of Hearts

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#66

Aylan's Killer

Aylan's Killer

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#67

#dieu

#dieu

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#69

Die For Freedom & Sweet Home ..

Die For Freedom & Sweet Home ..

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#70

R.i.p. Aylan

R.i.p. Aylan

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#71

A Better Place

A Better Place

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#72

Pelase Love....

Pelase Love....

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#73

Ring A Ring A Rosy...

Ring A Ring A Rosy...

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#74

Moment Of Shame For Arab Countries .. By Bilal Chopra ..

Moment Of Shame For Arab Countries .. By Bilal Chopra ..

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#75

Devastated

Devastated

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#76

Don't Stay Neutral

Don't Stay Neutral

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#77

Will It Always Take The Death Of A Human Being For Us To See The Problems In Today's Society?

Will It Always Take The Death Of A Human Being For Us To See The Problems In Today's Society?

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#78

Babies Never Die

Babies Never Die

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#79

#dieu

#dieu

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#81

Dirty World ..

Dirty World ..

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#82

Praying For You Little Angel, Aylan!

Praying For You Little Angel, Aylan!

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#83

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

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#84

Waif Child! By: Ali Miraee

Waif Child! By: Ali Miraee