Heartbreaking Photo Shows Drowned 3-Year-Old Boy Who Fled Syria with Family
A heartbreaking photo has emerged of a paramilitary officer carrying the body of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned after his family fled Kobani.
Aylan Kurdi, 3, and his family were trying to reach Greece when their boat capsized. His body washed ashore in Turkey.
[The boy’s father] Abdullah Kurdi said Thursday that the boat's captain panicked due to high waves and jumped into the sea and fled, leaving him in control of the small craft.
"I took over and started steering. The waves were so high and the boat flipped. I took my wife and my kids in my arms and I realized they were all dead," he said.
The distraught father said: "All I want is to be with my children at the moment."
A U.N. report says that 11 million people have fled Syria since 2011, and at least 200,000 have been killed since uprisings began more than four years ago.
Lt. Col. Oliver North called this the greatest mass migration of refugees since World War II.
“This is the legacy of the Obama administration’s failure to lead,” he said.