On September 2, 2015, the body of Alan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy, washed up on a Turkish beach. His body was photographed and the photo circulated worldwide.
In the coming weeks, a media blitz on the refugee crisis took the world by storm. Everyone was talking about the Syrian refugee crisis - what could be done, how individuals and governments could help, how the world could have turned a blind eye for so long.
But in the wake of all that coverage, what has changed? Did the media make a difference? Have we finally begun to give the biggest refugee situation since World War II the attention it deserves?
PeaceGeeks, Amnesty International and Hootsuite present PeaceTalks #29: Refugee Crisis and Media Hype, a discussion of the refugee crisis and what can be done to effect real change.
- Caroline Dailly, Manager at Immigrant Services Society of BC
- Zool Suleman, Immigration Lawyer & Policy Consultant
- Shayna Plaut, Simons Research Fellow, International Law & Human Security SFU
- Majd Agha, one of the first Syrian refugees to arrive in Vancouver