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17 Heartbreaking Cartoons From Artists All Over The World Mourning The Drowned Syrian Boy

"His name was Aylan." WARNING: This post contains graphic content.

Posted on September 3, 2015, at 7:04 a.m. ET

A 3-year-old boy named Aylan Kurdi and his 5-year-old brother, Galip, were photographed face down in the surf Wednesday morning. They both reportedly died on a boat that capsized while carrying them to the Greek island of Kos. The brothers were attempting to reach Canada, where their aunt lives.

Artists from all over the world are now sharing amazing tributes to the widely seen photo of Aylan under the Turkish hashtag #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik, or #HumanityWashedAshore. WARNING: Some are quite graphic.


Hell is the reality we living in.. #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik


The #Syria -n Child on Turkey's shores emerging as a symbol for crisis. Photo via @AdiKhair :


#Khartoon - I Hope Humanity Finds a Cure for Visas #Syria #refugeeswelcome #refugeecrisis #Germany #Italy #Greece


#kiyiyavuraninsanlik One of Ummah's greatest political problems r rulers in Muslim world caring not for her affairs.


"We are losing ourselves as humans,and the people will die around the borders." #SyrianRefugees #DrownedSyrianBoy



How his story should have ended... #SyrianRefugees #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik


Kiyametin gerekçesini çizebilir misin Abidin #KiyiyaVuranİnsanlik


#DrownedSyrianBoy. #Syria have enough to count his death.


A picture paints a thousand words , and this came from a real image #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik (humanity washed ashore).


We put him to sleep, and it's about time for us to wake up #HumanityWashedAshore


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Aylan's brother's name is Galip. An earlier version of this post misstated his name.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.