This heartbreaking photo of a refugee child's lifeless body should shock you - but you've seen it before

A Rohingya holds his dead son after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

A photographer in Bangladesh has captured the heartbreak of Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar.

The image shows an unnamed father crying and clinging to his son’s body. The two had just crossed the border-defining Naf river, which has been the scene of dozens of drownings in the last two months.

Indranil Mukherjee, who shoots for AFP, took the photo but hasn’t released any further details.

The anonymity of the shot is reminiscent of Alan Kurdi, the three-year old Syrian boy who drowned and washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015.

It was an image that moved the world.

This latest photo was taken the day after a separate incident where 12 refugees, including five children, drowned on Sunday night near the southern tip of Bangladesh. Their boat had been carrying between 60 and 100 people and was crossing the Bay of Bengal when it capsized.

Since a military crackdown began on August 25, more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled northern Myanmar and 143 have drowned while trying to cross into Bangladesh. The UN has deemed Myanmar’s actions as “ethnic cleansing”.

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