Snuggling up to a giant toy bear with smiles across their faces, this picture provides a glimpse of the happy family life these two boys once led.
‘I was even paying rent for them in Turkey, but it is awful the way they treat Syrians there’.
Meanwhile, Canadian immigration minister Chris Alexander has said he will investigate why an asylum application made by a relative of the Kurdi family had been turned down. He told the Post that news of their deaths was “horrific and heartbreaking”, saying that “the frustration of waiting and inaction has been awful”. “The frustration of waiting and the inaction has been awful”. The Turkish government reportedly refused to grant the family exit visas.
“People fleeing Syria are legitimate refugees and they should be welcomed in Europe and the rest of the world”.
The Independent has taken the decision to publish the image, which some may find offensive, lower down in this article because among the often glib words about the “ongoing migrant crisis”, it is all too easy to forget the reality of the desperate situation facing many refugees.
There are plenty of things in this world that make us angry on any given day – but if you’ve seen the photograph of the three-year-old Syrian boy lying dead on a Turkish beach, then you might be feeling like me.
“These small boys could be alive today, if Canada had responded more appropriately to the Syrian refugee crisis“, said Loly Rico, the council’s president. Britain’s Independent said, in remarks echoed in newspapers across the continent.
In a statement late on Wednesday, Turkey’s National Security Council voiced concern over the immigration policies of European countries.
Galip and Aylan died on the boat with their mother, Rehan. “We will do more”, he said Thursday.
“In addition to this financial support, we have granted protection to nearly 5,000 Syrians since the crisis began and continue to tackle the organised trafficking gangs seeking to profit from this human misery”.
The Turkish coastguard said two boats sank after separately setting off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula for the Greek Aegean island of Kos early on Wednesday.
Kobani, a town in northern Syria near the Turkish border, was the scene of heavy fighting between Islamic State insurgents and Kurdish regional forces several months ago.
The boy is 3-yr-old Aylan Kurdi. Tima Kurdi has another brother – not the father of the dead boy, his older brother and their mother – and says they put in a request to sponsor him.
It’s reported that Turkey denied them direct travel to Canada, and so this is the route they sought.
Only nine are thought to have survived, while two are believed to be still missing.