On Wednesday, Pope Francis has expressed grief after seeing a picture of a Salvadoran man along with his 23-month-old daughter lying dead, face down in River Rio Grande as tried to cross into the United States, said the Vatican City.
The heartbreaking picture of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez with his daughter Valeria has went viral on social media in the US and sparked resumed debate there on the plight of migrants and refugees from Central America.
The Vatican City spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti said that ‘with immense sadness, the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande River.”
“The pope is profoundly saddened by their death, and is praying for them and for all migrants who have lost their lives while seeking to flee war and misery,” added Mr. Gisotti.
The New York Times has described that photo as a “portrait of desperation”, claims it could galvanize attention same to the photo of refugee children Alan Kurdi, who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea and the body washed up on a beach in 2015 in Turkey.
L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican City newspaper has put the miserable photo on its front page.
Pope Francis was born in Argentina after his family migrated there from Italy, had made protection of refugees and migrants a deal of his declaim and often clashed with the United States President Donald Trump over immigration policy.