In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, a paramilitary police officer investigates the scene before carrying the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi from the sea shore, near the beach resort of Bodrum, Turkey. (Nilufer Demir/DHA via AP, File)
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The photograph of a drowned Syrian child lying face down on a Turkish beach has been ranked the most powerful of recent times in a survey of aid agencies by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The image of Aylan Kurdi has been credited with giving a human face to the refugee crisis that engulfed Europe in 2015, triggering intense public debate that is still shaping politics on the continent.Representatives of four charities placed the image top in a survey asking aid agencies to rank the five most powerful photos related to a humanitarian issue, while several others had it in their top five.Some charities said specific images had a measurable impact on financial support.Despite the power of a heartbreaking photograph, positive images can also effect change, said the Danish Refugee Council.
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