The Courier-Mail

In death, little Aylan sends sad message around globe


JUST when we thought human life couldn’t be rendered any cheaper, we witnessed the image of a Turkish police officer (pictured) carrying the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and removing him from a beach ( C-M, Sep 4).

In death, the little boy was handled sensitivel­y. In life, it’s a different matter.

As I write, humans are being dislocated and tossed around like unwanted bottles and wrappers. It’s not about politics any more. It’s not about foreign policy. It’s not about the UNHCR. It’s not about incessant documentar­ies on TV.

Don’t speculate what World War III will look like because it’s the listless, unwanted, cheaply-wasted life of a beautiful three-year-old boy called Aylan. This planet makes me sick. THE photo of Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body being carried by a Turkish police officer was certainly distressin­g.

This caring police officer carried little Aylan with compassion.

During his short life, Aylan would have experience­d hor- ror that no child should ever have to endure.

In the aftermath of fleeing a country taken over by ISIS extremists, we saw an act of kindness to a lifeless body. THE body of little Aylan Kurdi is not only a wake-up call for Canada and Europe, it begs the question of what Australia is doing for asylum seekers.

Pushing the boats back to our northern neighbours is short term and merely means burying our heads in the sand.

If Australia can take a lead role in the MH17 tragedy then couldn’t Foreign Minister Julie Bishop do the same in leading a multilater­al solution to the mounting refugee tragedy?

Sending F18s to bomb ISIS may look good but we need leadership in dealing with the bigger picture.

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