19 Sobering Photos From Australia's #LightTheDark Vigils Honoring Syrian Refugees

They welcome refugees with open arms.

The war in Syria has been going on since 2011, but the world's eyes were widened to the severity of the situation when a photo of a drowned Syrian toddler went viral. His family members are refugees and they were seeking refuge on a Greek island when their boat capsized. 

That family isn't alone, with hundreds of thousands of people escaping the war-torn country. While other countries have completely opened their doors, others such as Australia are being decisive on who and how many people to let in and don't want to exceed the government's already-set number. 

Australians are speaking up, with many taking part in candlelight vigils across the country in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, to remember the toddler refugee and voice their opinions on Australia opening its borders to refugees. 

Using the hashtag #LightTheDark, residents shared eye-opening photos of the vigils that show compassion is real. It just needs to catch up with the rest of the world.  

Check them out below:

(H/T: BBC)