Father of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, who was washed ashore dead on a Greek beach during the migrant crisis, names newborn son after child he has lost
- Alan Kurdi’s death sparked international outrage over the migrant crisis
- His father Abdullah Kurdi, 45, has welcomed a new son to Kobani, Syria
- A new parent said he would come to a rescue ship after birth
The father of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, who died trying to reach Europe during the migrant crisis, named his newborn son after the child he lost.
Abdullah Kurdi, 45, saw his wife and two children drown when their congested boat sank off the coast of Kos, Greece on September 2, 2015.
A photo of Alan’s body washed up on the Greek coastline caused shock waves around the world, sparking government action and a wave of donations to charities helping migrants.
Abdullah Kurdi, 45, imagined the cradle of his newborn son. He named him Alan after his three-year-old boy who drowned while crossing the Aegean Sea in a boat. A painting of his body can be seen behind the father
Abdullah and his sister Tima depicted by a migrant rescue ship named after his son
Abdullah has since moved to Kobani, on the Syrian-Turkish border, where he married his second wife Fayize two years ago.
He welcomes his newborn son, he said Rudaw: “Praise be to God who gave me and my wife a child.
“I wish this child a happy life, go to school, study, live like any other child. I want this hope for all children. ‘
His sister Tima, who lives in Vancouver, Canada, said the baby was born on April 7.
“Congratulations Abdullah!” She wrote. “May your little boy fill your heart with happiness and bring joy to your life every moment with him. “There is always hope”.’
Alan Kurdi, left, depicted with his brother Galib at home in Kobani, on the Syrian-Turkish border
Abdullah told Italian newspaper La Repubblica in September that he plans to join the crew on the rescue vessel Alan Kurdi, named after the three-year-old who died in the Aegean after his wife gave birth to their child.
“As soon as my son is born, I will board to rescue migrants,” he said. “I want to give them the help I didn’t get.”
Speaking in September, the Sea-Eye charity, which operates the ship, said, “We have built a strong and emotional bond with the family.
“If we manage to meet all organizational requirements, we would be happy for Abdullah to accompany the ship. He is then part of the crew and also takes over tasks. ‘
It is believed that the global shutdown by the coronavirus may delay these plans.
The Sea-Eye’s rescue vessel, ‘Alan Kurdi’, sails off the coast of North Africa. Abdullah has said that he will join the ship after the birth of his son
Alan Kurdi’s death led to a massive increase in support for migrants and charity donations. A charity helping migrants, Migrant Offshore Aid Station, reported a 15-fold increase in donations within 24 hours of the photo’s publication.
A second migrant crisis broke out early this year after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country’s borders were “open” following a dispute with the European Union.
Thousands migrated to the land and sea borders of the country with Greece while trying to gain access to Europe.
Alan Kurdi’s death and international reaction
Alan Kurdi, left, depicted with his brother Galib in a handout photo of Aunt Tima
Three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi died while crossing the Aegean with his family to reach the European Union.
His father Abdullah paid for the illegal passage for himself, his wife Rehana and two sons, Alan and Galib, after their asylum application in Canada was rejected.
They boarded the inflatable dinghy with 11 other people in Bodrum, Turkey, on September 2, 2015. Five minutes after the trip, the boat capsized.
Alan’s body washed up on a beach in Kos, Greece was photographed by Turkish journalist Nilufer Demir.
The statue quickly went around the world and caused international outrage at the migrant crisis.
Subsequently, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “deeply touched” by the images, while former French President Francois Hollande said he called the leaders of Turkey to discuss the image.
Charities helping migrants also reported a spike in donations, including the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which saw a 15-fold increase within 24 hours of the three-year-old’s death.
Canada’s electoral cycle was also affected after it was reported that the family was trying to reach Abdullah’s sister Tima, who lives in Vancouver.