Don't turn backs on refugees, Alan Kurdi's aunt pleads
The aunt of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian boy whose image became a tragic symbol of the 2015 refugee crisis after his body was washed up on a Turkish beach, called on the world on Tuesday not to ignore the plight of refugees.
"We cannot close our eyes and turn our back and walk away from them," Tima Kurdi said at a press conference held by the German migrant rescue group Sea-Eye to mark five years since the boy's death.
"People all over the world continue to suffer and it's getting worse, not any better. And they are asking for help," she said.
The family drowned after their inflatable boat sank in the Aegean Sea as they were trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.
Pictures of the little boy lying face down in the sand caused horror around the world, highlighting the plight of hundreds of thousands of mainly Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe.
"Sadly our tragedy is one of many," said Tima Kurdi, who was born in Syria but now lives in Canada.
"I decided to speak up on behalf of all those suffering people who have no voice and said, if I couldn't save my own family, let me save others."
The organisation said it is also planning to send out a second rescue boat by the end of the year named after Ghalib Kurdi.