Relatives of Aylan Kurdi arrive in Canada

Family members of drowned Syrian refugee toddler, Aylan Kurdi, land in Canada

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Tima Kurdi, left, who lives in the Vancouver area, lifts up her 5-month-old nephew Sherwan Kurdi after her brother Mohammad Kurdi and his family, who escaped conflict in Syria, arrived at Vancouver International Airport, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.

Relatives of drowned Syrian refugee toddler Aylan Kurdi were welcomed in Canada by his aunt at Vancouver airport's arrival gates in Canada on Monday.  

The lifeless body of the three year old Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach after he drowned with his five year-old brother and mother while they were attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea on September 2, 2015.  

Photographs of his body prompted international outcry over the plight of Syrian refugees.

Aylan's uncle, Mohammed Kurdi, his wife and their five children arrived at the airport on Monday.   

At the airport Mohammed thanked to Canadians for opening their doors for him and his family.

His sister also said, "Thank you Canadian people. Thank you Prime Minister Trudeau for opening the door and showing the world how everyone should welcome refugees and save lives."

Although, several relatives of Aylan arrived in Canada, his father Abdullah remained in Syria.  

Tima said she wished Abdullah was in Canada when she was asked what message she would like to send to her brother.

"All of us here wish you were here with us," she said.

Mohammed Kurdi has been in Germany since leaving his family in Turkey seven months ago to find work. The family reunited in Frankfurt before flying to Canada.

Canada has pledged to open its doors for 25,000 Syrian refugees, including ethnic Kurds, by the end of February. According to a federal website 2,413 refugees have arrived in Canada as of Dec. 26.

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