Father of drowned toddler no longer seeks hope in Europe

Heartbroken father of drowned Syrian toddler no longer wants to go to Europe after losing entire family while on journey to Canada

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Abdullah Kurdi, father of Aylan Kurdi, waits at a morgue in Mugla

Updated Sep 4, 2015

The father of the drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy, Abdullah Kurdi, declared that after the humanitarian catostrophe which took his two children and wife, he has no intentions to seek asylum in Europe anymore.

Speaking outside the mortuary, where his children and wife were being held, Kurdi said, ''I just want to see my children for the last time and stay forever with them.''

Kurdi described the scene of how the small craft capsized, saying the captain had panicked because of high waves and jumped into the sea, leaving him in control of small craft.

He said ''I took over and start steering. The waves were so high and the boat got flipped. I took my wife and my kids in my arms and I realised they were all dead'' 

The family of the toddler that washed up ashore in the Bodrum district of Turkey, was trying to reach Canada over the Greek Island of Kos, after they left the Syrian city of Kobani.

Abdullah said Canadian officials offered him citizenship that was refused by him. However, officials from Ottawa said Canada didn't make such an offer.

Abdullah's sister from Vancouver said contrary to earlier reports, she had not sponsored Abdullah or his wife yet but has sponsored for the other brother.

The bodies of 5-year-old Galip Kurdi, his 3-year-old brother Aylan Kurdi and their mother Rehan Kurdi were found dead along with 10 other refugees after the overloaded boat captisized on Wednesday. Survived father Abdullah Kurdi was taken to a hospital near Bodrum.

The picture of 3-year-old Aylan washed ashore caused outrage across the world and drew attention to the current refugee crisis that forced 60 million people to flee from their homes including 6.5 million Syrian war victims.

Turkish police detained four human trafficker suspects on Thursday for illegally carrying refugees from the Turkish coast to Greek Islands. One of the rescued refugees said that the traffickers were carrying refugees for 2,500 euros, but still they tried to fit 17 refugees in a boat with a capacity of 10.


TRTWorld and agencies