Aylan Kurdi's aunt says her family will settle in Canada

Aylan Kurdi's aunt says her family will settle in Canada as her family members’ asylum application being approved by authorities

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Tima Kurdi, sister of Syrian refugee Abdullah Kurdi whose sons Aylan and Galip and wife Rehan were among 12 people who drowned in Turkey trying to reach Greece, cries while speaking to the media outside her home in Coquitlam, British Columbia

Updated Nov 29, 2015

The aunt of Syrian refugee boy Aylan Kurdi, whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach, said Canada approved her family members' asylum application, and that she hopes they will be in the country by Christmas.

Tima Kurdi said security checks for her brother Mohammed, Aylan’s uncle, and his family were still under way.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada spokesman Remi Lariviere said “We can confirm that the processing of their application is proceeding well."

"It will happen ... they will bring them," Kurdi told the local media.

3-year-old Aylan Kurdi drowned along with his five-year-old brother and their mother while crossing to Greece from Turkey in early September.  

The overloaded boat that was carrying Kurdi’s family capsized and only father Abdullah, managed to survive.

A photo of Aylan's body after it washed up on Turkish beach ignited international outcry.

A Turkish police officer carries Aylan Kurdi, the three year old toddler who drowned in a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island of Kos.

After the tragic incident, Abdullah Kurdi said "We want the world's attention on us, so that they can prevent the same thing happening to others. Let this be the last.”

However, Aylan’s death was not the last incident of children that fell victim to perilous sea crossings.

Almost one hundred more children died since Aylan’s death.

Just this week, six children have drowned as two refugee boats carrying them from Turkey to Greece sank in the Aegean Sea.

Fleeing war and poverty, more then 850,000 refugees crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe this year while over 3,500 died in their attempt.

TRTWorld and agencies