World Bulletin / News Desk
The U.S. online sales giant Amazon has been under fire as the company's Italian branch put on "refugee costumes" for children ahead of Venice Carnival.
Listed under "carnival costumes," the costumes for young girls and boys were marked as "wartime refugees" from the World War I and World War II era period.
Oliviero Forti, director of the immigration division of Caritas, one of Italy's largest Catholic charities, denounced sales of the costume as "shameless" on the basis that refugee children were dying every day attempting to cross into Europe. He called on the UK retailer "Fancy Me" to donate costume sale proceeds toward life vests or other aid items for refugee children.
"My criticism is not aimed at Amazon, but rather at the British company selling the costume," Forti said.
"It is a question of good taste and of having the courage in certain moments to recall products that are no longer appropriate."
After the enormous amount of discontent Amazon.it removed the item after a press statement saying the costumes were of "bad taste" and were presented "in an offensive way," according to UK Daily the Telegraph.
Many users criticized the costumes for being "insensitive" when children are dying every day in the ongoing Syrian crisis.