The pictures, showing him lying face down on the beach, prompted calls for action to help refugees.
People commemorated fourth anniversary of the death of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian refugee when his body was washed ashore Turkey's Mediterranean coast off Bodrum.
The toddler was aboard a boat carrying 14 refugees out of which five died when it sank.
The picture of his lifeless body jolted the world, giving a face to the humanitarian crisis the ongoing civil war in Syria had caused.
Ugur Ozdogan, a 75-year-old eye witness, told Anadolu Agency, the tragedy had deeply affected him.
"Maybe many children like Alan disappeared but their bodies never washed ashore," he said.
He added that similar incidents will recur if strict measures against human trafficking are not taken.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Cavusoglu urges international community to address the root causes of irregular migrationhttps://t.co/85LNfCj0XE— TRT World (@trtworld) September 2, 2019
Filmmaker Omer Sarikaya is currently making a movie on Kurdi to shed light on the fate of refugees.
"Europe left Turkey alone on the issue of migrants, Turkey opened its doors because these people are our neighbours and have no place to go," Sarikaya said.
He said the revenue generated from the movie will be donated to the refugees.