When the image of toddler Aylan Kurdi's dead body washed up on a beach after such a boat capsizing in 2015, went global the world hung its head in shame and a flurry of activity followed.
There were many promises from world leaders but Friday's sad news illustrates the grim reality of life for refugees in our 21st Century.
Promises of increasing refugee numbers into countries fell by the wayside amid fears that terrorists would sneak in with the asylum seekers. The Paris attacks including the deadly Bataclan theatre mass murders seemed to indicate that had already happened.
But a convenient Syrian passport found at one of the incidents increased conspiracy theories; would a passport be intact and in place for the authorities to simply pick up after such a terrorist attack?
It is impossible not to be moved by images of young children, parents and elder individuals trudging across countries and continents in the middle of winter; hoping for a better life how many die on the journey, are refused sanctuary or end up in camps like 'the jungle' at Calais?
Some remain unmoved by the plight of others and well-known British big-mouth Katie Hopkins was one. When Aylan died the Huffington Post noted "A vehemently anti-migrant column penned by Sun columnist Katie Hopkins, which saw her invite the media to show her “bodies floating in water”, has resurfaced amid heartbreaking images of a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach" but she was unrepentant.
But people like Hopkins are few and far between; she makes her money being controversial, favours right-wing politics and has no standards as long as she can make money and stay in the limelight.
Friday the U.N. refugee agency has described chaotic scenes on three popular Greek islands near Turkey - Kos, Chios and Lesbos.
An influx of desperate migrants may hit the much needed tourist trade in the area as the island holiday season gears up for its final few weeks of 2015. By October vacation season on most Greek Islands has ended.
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has asked the E.U. for help to cope with an unfolding crisis but there are still some trying to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to this latest Greek tragedy.
Some have suggested Greece uses its old military bases to house migrants. August in the Greek Islands temperatures can and do soar and people need shelter from the heat and strong sunlight. They also need plenty of fresh water to survive.
For children there is education and for all there will be health matters, clothing, food and more.
The cost to Greece as it stumbles along from its latest debt crisis is huge.
Greece cannot cope with its own human tragedy so expecting it to cope with the many associated problems of thousands of desperate refugees entering the country is crazy.
The UNHCR says nearly all new arrivals in Greece are refugees from the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The countries of the E.U. are supposedly part of a 'union'.
The clue is in that word and simply looking away and expecting struggling Greece to support a huge influx of migrants and refugees highlights again that the E.U as a community is dead and should be buried.
News in Greece June - Wave of illegal migrants, refugees continues to inundate several Greek isles