One year after Alan Kurdi photo, the moral test of a generation

Story highlights

  • Carolyn Miles says the world must step up and make a commitment to help refugees
  • We must also help host countries and ensure the future of young refugees, Miles says

Carolyn Miles is president and chief executive officer of Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Follow her on Twitter @carolynsave. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.

(CNN)Every week last summer news of refugees streaming into Europe dominated global headlines. Yet it wasn't until September 2, one year ago, that the world reacted in horror to the image of Alan Kurdi -- the 3-year-old Syrian toddler who drowned trying to escape a war that was older than he was -- dead on a beach in Turkey.