Alyan buried beside his mother, brother


Istanbul: The three year old Syrian boy named Aylan Kurdi, whose body was washed up on a beach, has been buried in the town of Kobani by the side of his mother and brother. Photographs showed him lying face down in the surf, wearing a bright-red T-shirt and shorts.

Abdullah, Aylan’s father, who survived the capsizing that killed his family, wept as the bodies were buried in the predominantly Kurdish Syrian border town.

He said he hoped the death of his family would encourage Arab states to help Syrian refugees. “I want from Arab governments, not European countries, to see my children, and because of them to help people”, he said.

The bodies were flown to a town near Turkey’s border with Syria, from where police escorted funeral vehicles to Suruç and across the border into Kobani.

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