The images of the toddler’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach have reverberated across the globe, stirring public outrage and embarrassing political leaders as far away as Canada, where authorities had rejected an asylum application from the boy’s relatives. (They were NOT fleeing Syria, they were safe in Turkey, so no reason for Canada to take them in)
So, this Syrian family, the Kurdis, was safe and secure in a Turkish town for 3 years after leaving Syria. They were well fed, sheltered and so on. Then the father of the family, Abdullah, was like “oh man, I need new teeth. These Turks are not going to give me squat. Let’s all get in a rickety boat and go to Greece, where we’ll find some good-hearted Christians to give me a new set of teeth implants…for FREE”
WSJ (h/t DMF) The child pictured facedown in red T-shirt and shorts was identified as Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian Kurd from Kobani, a town near the Turkish border that has witnessed months of heavy fighting between Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish forces.
He drowned after the 15-foot boat ferrying him from the Turkish beach resort of Bodrum to the Greek island of Kos capsized shortly before dawn on Wednesday, killing 12 passengers. Aylan’s 5-year-old brother, Galip, and his mother, Rehan, were also among the dead. His father, Abdullah, was the only family member to survive.
On Thursday, a distraught Mr. Kurdi, 40, told reporters he was preparing to take the bodies back to Kobani for burial and would stay there. (So, I guess life in Syria isn’t so bad?) He said they depended on his sister, Tima Kurdi, who lived in Canada, for help paying the rent.
Ms. Kurdi, speaking Thursday in a Vancouver suburb, said that their father, still in Syria, had suggested Abdullah go to Europe to get his damaged teeth fixed and find a way to help his family leave Turkey. She said she began wiring her brother money three weeks ago, in €1,000 ($1,100) amounts, to help pay for the trip.