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Image of dead child on beach haunts and frustrates the world

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The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting. It captures everything we don’t want to see when we tap our phones or open our newspapers: a vicious civil war, a surge of refugees, the death of an innocent. Largely because of social media, the image of little Aylan Kurdi is hammering home the Syrian migrant crisis to the world. Aylan died along with his 5-year-old brother and their mother when their small rubber boat…

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