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.