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Turkish PM meets Alan Kurdi's father, saying boy's image shook world into action

By Rudaw 20/12/2015
Abdullah Kurdi (L) with Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara. Photo: Turkish media.
Abdullah Kurdi (L) with Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara. Photo: Turkish media.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu received Abdullah Kurdi, the father of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Kurdish toddler who drowned on a Turkish beach in September, saying the boy's story prompted the world into action for the plight of refugees.

Davutolglu said that image of Alan's lifeless body on the beach that day "compelled the world to recognize Syrian migration disasters," adding, "We did not manage to do it with our hundreds of meetings and media campaigns."

Alan drowned with his mother and older brother when their boat sank while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.

The picture made headlines around the world and touched the hearts of civilians and politicians alike.

"With the drowning of Alan Kurdi, world realized the catastrophic situation of Syrian refugees on their way to Europe, therefore western countries began increasing their efforts to resolve the Syrian migration crisis," said Davutoglu whose country is a starting point for many migrants on their perilous journey to Europe.

Ankara has now reached an agreement with the European Union to stem the flow of migrants and in return the EU would provide financial support to improve the lives of refugees in Turkish camps.

last week, Time Magazine selected Alan's picture as one of the top 100 images of the year, writing, “2015 has been a year dominated by the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe, as thousands of people from Iraqi, Syria and Afghanistan, among many other nations, fled their homes,” said the magazine’s introduction to its photo selection.

Comments

 
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 20/12/2015
This is just a show do not believe anyone who show kindness to your brother on one hand ,and killing your sisters and cousins on the other. we do not appreciate anyone whose not kind to all of us.we are one,no force on earth can separate us.if you are not nice to Rojava, you are hurting all of us.
kemal marashi | 20/12/2015
What a disgusting show from Turkish PM! Turkish troops has already committed to a "Sri Lankan type solution" in North Kurdistan killing Kurdish women, children even younger than little Alan. You know what is the biggest problem is Kurds are NOT united!
Turkish state out of Kurdistan | 20/12/2015
How many Alan Kurdi are killed daily in the Northern Kurdistan twons and cities by the Turkish state aggressions in the name of your racist laws and orders!, the flame of resistance will carry on despite the Turkish state barbaric war on Kurdish populations every where in Northern Kurdistan.
Rodi | 20/12/2015
@Brzoo ___ Then I assume you really dislike the PKK? Because by that logic, the PKK has caused huge damage to Kurdish lives by bringing the war into the Kurdish cities. There is not a single battle inside a Kurdish cities except that PKK jash infiltrate and dig trenches there first. Incompetent PKK youth even break water pipes and power lines digging trenches then blame to the govt for 'denying water and power'.
Vinko | 20/12/2015
Could you please refrain from Turkey PR actions. At least your are kurdish site.

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