World leaders have failed refugees. Can ordinary citizens teach them a lesson?


Two years ago an image of a little boy in a red T-shirt, face down on a Mediterranean beach, brought home the full horror of the humanitarian crisis unfolding on Europe’s shores.

Alan Kurdi, from the Syrian town of Kobani, was just three years old when he, together with his mother and his older brother, drowned on the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece.

While the crisis was not news, it briefly seemed that the international outcry might shock world leaders into action.

Ble 1aHowever, official expressions of shock and sympathy were miserably short-lived.

Within months of Alan Kurdi’s death, many governments went ahead with policies explicitly designed to keep Syrian and…

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