Photos of the body of a Syrian toddler who drowned alongside his mother and five-year-old brother have gone viral, as the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe continues to grow. Artists from around the world have begun creating their own tributes to 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who is one of thousands of Syrian refugees who have died attempting to escape violence from the Syrian civil war and ISIS.
You can see the photos here, but warning: They are graphic. The boys’ father told the AP, “My kids were the most beautiful children in the world, wonderful. They wake me up every morning to play with them.” Fighting in Syria has displaced millions in the country, and there are currently tens of thousands attempting to escape to Europe. You can go here to see a list of organizations assisting Syrian refugee families.
Things got interesting on an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher this week, when Maher—who is an outspoken atheist—told GOP hopeful Rick Santorum—an outspoken Roman Catholic—“I like the Pope better than you do. You're saying the pope should stick to what he knows, and I find that ridiculous ... So much of religion is arrogance masquerading as humility. He’s the Vicar of Christ—your God. Shouldn’t you have the humility to say, ‘If the Pope thinks climate change is a problem, maybe I should?’” You can watch the exchange here, though it contains strong language.
Police in Austria arrested three men in connection with the gruesome discovery of 71 bodies, believed to be migrants attempting to flee war-ravaged Syria for safety in Europe. Authorities believe that the group suffocated to death while be transported by human traffickers in the back of a box truck. The country’s interior minister called for a crackdown on traffickers, saying, "People smugglers are criminals and not well-minded helpers. They do not care about the well-being of the refugees, they care about profit." Two of the men arrested were drivers of the truck that was left abandoned on the side of the highway. The other owned the truck. According to the International Organization for Migration, this year alone, 2,373 migrants have died at sea while attempting to get to Europe, many on dangerous boats overloaded by human traffickers. Discuss
Authorities in Austria found the bodies of up to 50 people in a the back of a large box truck that was left abandoned on a highway linking several European countries. The victims are believed to be migrants who may have suffocated. The driver of the truck—which had license plates from Hungary—was not found. The ongoing civil war in Syria has displaced millions, and many of the refugees have attempted to make it to safety in Europe by extremely dangerous means. Discuss
Is your day off to a rough start? At least it’s probably not as bad as this 12-year-old boy’s, who, during a visit to an art exhibition in Taiwan, tripped and fell into a $1.5 million painting. While trying to catch himself, the youngster ended up poking a large hole in the canvas. The whole unfortunate episode was, of course, captured on a security camera. Fortunately though, the young art fan won’t be held responsible for the accident. According to the Focus Taiwan News Channel, the exhibition’s organizers plan on requesting that an insurance company pay to have the painting restored. Discuss