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.