Sometimes We Need to See Horrific Images Like That Syrian Boy’s Body on the Beach

As the refugee crisis continues to escalate in Europe, stories about the human toll that this takes on families trying to escape the war in Syria keep hitting the airwaves, including a recent news item about a truckload of more than 70 refugees who died of heatstroke in Austria, victims of a smuggler. On Wednesday, another soon-to-be iconic image of the crisis was published on a number of news sites: A picture of a young Syrian boy’s lifeless body, washed up on the Turkish seashore.

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