A child’s body was found washed up on the Turkish Bodrum Beach this past Wednesday, September 2.
Like so many before them, the boy, Aylan Kurdi, and his family were looking to escape from the terrors of the war waging on in Kobani (Siria), a country that has been under the reign of terror of the Islamic State for years.
Aylan was found lying on his stomach in the sand, facing the sea he had drowned in, and with him another 12 refugees that had perished trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.
As stated by his aunt Teema “Aylan was travelling on a boat with his parents and his five-year-old brother. Abdula, my brother, was found unconscious on the sand next to Aylan and immediately taken to hospital. When he phoned me all he said was ‘my wife and two sons are dead’.“
“They tried to seek refuge in Canada, but their request was denied in July,” states Teema, who currently lives there. She continues saying “I did everything in my power to help them come here, and my friends and neighbours helped me all they could. In the end it was all in vein and that is what led them to get on that boat.”
There are currently around two million Syrian refugees in Turkey, and every day 2,000 of them try to reach the Greek islands in small plastic boats.