Istanbul - In recent weeks, new tragedies involving desperate refugees seeking safety in Europe grabbed the headlines. Most recently images of a drowned three-year-old Syrian boy, identified as Aylan Kurdi, on a beach in Turkey brought refugee crisis into global focus, drawing public attention to a crisis that has actually been going on for years. The picture depicted a tiny body that washed ashore, lying face down on the beach. Aylan’s five-year-old brother and mother also died in the same incident fleeing Syria and attempting to cross the Aegean to reach Greece. This photograph of a lifeless child spread quickly online and prompted a widespread sympathy and demands that European nations do more in helping refugees. This wasn't the only heart-breaking incindent. In Macedonia, tormented people encountering horrible treatment at the hands of Macedonian police, in France, scores of immigrants in a risky showdown with the police as they tried to get to England, also drew the attention of the public.

A girl cries as hundreds of migrants gather for a registration procedure at the stadium of Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.
A girl cries as hundreds of migrants gather for a registration procedure at the stadium of Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.
Harun Yahya is prominent Turkish writer.