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Move over Cecil the lion the dead Syrian children need the limelight

by | 3rd, September 2015

Galip Kurdi, five, and his three-year-old brother Aylan You’ve most likely seen the photos of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and his older brother Galip, 5, both drowned fleeing Syria for better lives in the West, their bodies washed up on Turkish shores.

Their faces are all over the papers, images ostensibly intended to shock us from apathy into action but working only to exploit one family’s personal tragedy as mourn porn.

What did the editors of our caring national newspapers think a dead body looked like? And why is it that a dead child should matter more than a dead anyone or someone escaping a living Hell?

Aylan and Galip are being used to bolster our own morals, a fact no more evidenced than in the Sun , which has spent years mocking and demonising migrants  of all ages but now champions the dead.

 

 

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The pictures of dead children infantalise any debate, reducing it to a posing contest between people outraged at the sight of dead kids on a European beach and those who are not (which is to say nobody sane).

 

 

lion killer

 

A few weeks ago, the internet seethed at the picture of a dead lion named Cecil. The dead beast gave us all a chance to declare how much we hated his killer, an American dentist named… Can you remember it? Oh, come on. We all hated him. He was

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