Thursday, 3 September 2015
Refugee crisis:The story of A Syrian 3 year Old Boy That Died Trying To Reach Canada With Family
Wearing a bright red T-shirt and shorts, Aylan took to the sea with his family. At least 20 left the beach on Wednesday in two boats from Akyarlar on the Bodrum peninsula.
Soon, the vessels capsized and at least 12 drowned, including five children. Aylan, his brother Galip, five, and his mother, Rihan, 35, never reached Europe. They were all found on the beach in Bodrum, waves lapping against their heads. Aylan was face down in the sea. His body was eventually picked up by an ashen-faced Turkish police officer, his limp limbs cradled gently.
Further along the beach, the meagre belongings of the Syrian refugees washed up in the surf. Three other children drowned, seven were rescued and two reached the shore in life jackets. At the morgue in Bodrum’s state hospital, the boys’ surviving relatives broke down in tears after identifying the bodies, reported the Turkish news agency Dogan.
The second vessel to leave Bodrum was carrying six people and capsized soon after setting off, the Turkish coastguard said. One woman and three children drowned. It is thought Aylan was on the second boat. There were claims last night that hiring a dingy from Bodrum to travel to Kos can cost up to €1,000 (£735). Local restaurants are said to feed the refugees before they travel.
Thousands are making the journey from Turkey to Greece’s easternmost islands each day. The majority are Syrians fleeing the war in their homeland. Others are from Afghanistan or Iraq. So far this year, the number of them crossing the Mediterranean has exceeded 300,000, with 200,000 landing in Greece, the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR said.