Family of Alan Kurdi Reaches Canada

Migrants from North Africa arrive in the southern Italian island of LampedusaThe family of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Aegean Sea and washed on the shores of Turkey in September has reached Canada, almost four months after Alan’s death.

The three-year-old’s uncle Mohammed Kurdi reached Canada on Monday along with his wife and three children. Mohammed Kurdi’s sister Tina was already in Canada.

Images of Alan’s body on the Turkish shores on September 2nd caused international outcry over the unfolding refugee crisis and various states’ response to it. Since his death dozens of other children have drowned in the same path to cross into the European Union through the Mediterranean Sea, and specifically from Turkey to Greece.

Alan was not the only Kurdi family member to lose his life in the effort to reach the Greek island’s shores. His mother as well as his five-year-old brother also drowned in the Aegean Sea.

The Associated Press reports that Alan’s father, Abdullah has refused to go to Canada.


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