Britain will take in thousands more people fleeing Syria’s civil war as David Cameron bows to a wave of pressure triggered by images of a three-year-old boy found drowned on a Turkish beach.
Downing Street spent yesterday scrambling to match public outrage and calls, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, for Britain to do more to alleviate the human cost of Europe’s gravest postwar migration crisis.
The grieving father of Aylan Kurdi spoke of the harrowing image of his lifeless son lying face down on a beach. “We want the world to see this,” Abdullah Kurdi said.
In life, he was just another struggling soul in a desperate tide of humanity, one more child born into the horror of the civil war in Syria.
In death, Aylan Kurdi, three, moved the world, the image of his tiny body lying face down on a Turkish beach epitomising the tragedy of the biggest refugee crisis Europe has faced since the Second World War.