[Editor’s note: This story contains disturbing images.]
Syria had been embroiled in more than three years of civil war when, in September 2015, the photo of the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi lying face down on a beach in Turkey was suddenly everywhere. Thousands of Syrians had already died in the conflict, with little attention paid to the issue. Now, the entire world was watching.
At least, for a little while.
A new study has found that this photo had a tremendous impact on the amount of attention given to the Syrian war, spurring interest in the conflict and generating a spike in donations. Unfortunately, that interest waned almost as quickly. Read more…