This is heartbreakingly sad and evil. Social media is exploding with reaction to pictures reportedly from the Mediterranean of children who have washed up on shore after drowning trying to escape the Syrian civil war.
I have censored the images being shared:
Some are responding with horror, while others question whether it’s disrespectful of sharing such awful pictures:
Just woke up and there's tears in my eyes because I saw a post with Syrian children who drowned at sea
— n (@yyzedun) August 29, 2015
Syrian children drowned trying to get to Europe in @DavidKenner TL. Saddest thing I've ever seen on Twitter. I can't bear to retweet it.
— Cate Long (@cate_long) August 29, 2015
Pple posting horrific, graphic photos of drowned Syrian children.Get the point being made but seems so disrespectful to those little souls
— Brenda (@brendas73260247) August 29, 2015
Today, my Facebook feed fills with dozens of pictures of dead, drowned Syrian children with the message, "fucking look"
Strike 2, Internet.
— Bassim El-Wakil (@Bass_Wakil) August 29, 2015
Please, please, please stop posting & sharing those horrific pictures of drowned Syrian children, it's disrespectful & dehumanising!
— Fatima Said (@fattysaid) August 29, 2015
80 Syrians + Palestinians drowned close to Libya last night, children among them. Afghan, Syrian, Eritrean…Europe belongs to all of them.
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) August 29, 2015
Here’s a post on Facebook blaming the US and Britain instead of the Middle East for the atrocity. And a similar tweet demanding the world take notice:
Will photos of the bodies of drowned Syrian children help awaken the world's conscience? #SyrianRefugees
— عائشة المزروعي (@AyeshaAlmazroui) August 29, 2015
I don’t understand why the entire world is responsible – the Middle East has a GDP of trillions of dollars, with 57 states and many many armies. Why does America and Britain have to save everybody’s bacon all the time? Even still, the tiny souls of these children cry out for some justice.