12 Shocking And Heartbreaking Images That Changed World History

Drowned in a desperate attempt to reach Greece, the distressing picture of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy whose body was found washed ashore on a Turkish beach, is undoubtedly the most heart-wrenching image to emerge from the refugee crisis in Europe yet.

Beamed around the world on social media, and dominating the front pages of the international press, the image united millions to pressure the governments of Europe to do more to help desperate refugees.

This emotive picture, amongst others, is the latest example of how powerful images can shape and define public opinion.

Taken at pivotal points throughout history, these arresting images show that a picture is worth a thousands words.

1. The lifeless body of three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi recovered on the shores of Turkey by a policeman, 2015.