Father of dead boys ask the world to see plight of refugees
Sept.4, Ankara: Father of boy whose body was found on a Turkish beach said that all he wanted the world to see the plight of refugees. He also asked the international community for the attention to focus on preventing similar incidents from happening again.
Abdullah Kurdi, speaking outside the morgue where the bodies of his sons Aylan and Galip, and his wife, who was believed to have been called Riham, were being held, said, “My kids were the most beautiful children in the world, wonderful. They wake me up every morning to play with them. They are all gone now."
Aylan Kurdi, 3, was found on a Turkish beach in sneakers, after the small rubber boat he and his family were in capsized in a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece.
Aylan died along with 5-year-old brother Galip and his mother, Rehan. Abdullah said that all he wanted to sit by the graves of his wife and children.
Abdullah Kurdi plans to bury his family in the northern Syrian city of Kobane, scene of heavy fighting between Kurdish forces and fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
Heart-rending pictures of the toddler's lifeless body put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk their lives to seek safety in Europe.
Wearing a red T-shirt and blue shorts, three-year-old Aylan from the Kurdish-Syrian city of Kobane was believed to be one of at least 12 Syrians trying to reach Greece who died when their boats sank.
The Oslo Times