The horrifying images of a young Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish shore shook the world on Wednesday, as it showed the plight of refugees like him dying as they attempt migrating to Europe.
The three-year-old Syrian boy, identified as Aylan Kurdi, was part of a family that was attempting to migrate to Greece, in which he, his brother and mother drowned, while his father survived.
Now, the child's father--Abdullah Kurdi--says he wants to be buried with Aylan and the other members of his family in Kobane, from where they had fled last year to reach Turkey.
The family reportedly wanted to migrate to Canada, where some of their relatives live, but their asylum application had been rejected, as per reports.
Shattered after his family being wiped out in the failed attempt to migrate, Abdullah now says that he wants to return to Kobane, bury their bodies and then be buried himself alongside them, Canada's National Post reported.
The man called up his sister in Canada to convey the tragic news on Wednesday morning, the report says.
"She had got a call from Abdullah, and all he said was, my wife and two boys are dead," a relative told the Canadian newspaper.
"I was trying to sponsor them, and I have my friends and my neighbours who helped me with the bank deposits, but we couldn't get them out, and that is why they went in the boat. I was even paying rent for them in Turkey, but it is horrible the way they treat Syrians there," Teema Kurdi, Abdullah's sister, was quoted as saying.
The heart-breaking images of Abdullah and his dead family members were also coupled with the pictures purportedly of Aylan and his five-year-old brother smiling in an undated photo.
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The tragic images highlight the crisis of Syrians trying to flee the brutal civil war as well as the Isis rule, and put the spotlight on European leaders to address the humanitarian issue.