The heartbreaking images of the griefstricken father of the two little
boys who drowned at sea while trying to make it to Europe ..He not only
lost his sons,he lost his wife .
Reliving the moments after the
dinghy capsized and the Mediterranean waves crashed around them,
Abdullah yesterday described how he’d pleaded with his sons to keep
them he didn’t want them to die.
It was only
when he looked down at their faces and saw blood in Aylan’s eyes that he
realised the boys had died in his arms and he was forced to let them
go. Looking around in the water, he spotted the body of his wife Rehan
‘floating like a balloon’. She had also drowned.
Abdullah’s sons, who were just five and three, slipped from his grasp in pitch-black waters off Bodrum in Turkey.
his sister Tima – who is also known as Fatima – revealed how the
grief-stricken father had relived the final moments of his boys’ lives
in a phone conversation she’d had with him.
‘When a bigger wave came and flipped the boat upside down, Abdullah
right away caught both his kids and tried so hard with all the power he
had to keep them up from the water, screaming, ‘Breathe, breathe, I
don’t want you to die!’,’ ‘In his left arm was Galip and he saw he was
dead and he told me, ‘I had to let him go’,Then he looked at Aylan and
could see blood from his eyes, so he closed them and said, ‘rest in
peace my son,’ she went on to say.
She went on to say that while
he was still in the water, Abdullah saw his wife’s dead body floating in
the water ‘like a balloon’, causing him to struggle to recognise her.
he said] now the whole world is going to watch my story, where was the
whole world before when my kids were hungry, when I didn’t have a job?,
Sobbing uncontrollably Abdullah yesterday recalled his terror when the
flimsy and overcrowded dinghy overturned, causing the night to be
pierced by the screams of his fellow Syrian refugees as he clung on to
‘I was holding her, but my children slipped through my hands,’ he
said.’We tried to cling to the boat, but it was deflating. It was dark
and everyone was screaming. I could not hear the voices of my children
and my wife.’
Over the following three hellish hours in the water, Mr Kurdi battled
for survival, while frantically searching for his sons and his wife, who
had also been pulled from his reach. He found one child but it was too
late – the boy had drowned.
‘My first son died from the high waves,’ he said. ‘I was obliged to
leave him to save the other one. I tried to swim to the beach by
following the lights.’I looked for my wife and child on the beach but
couldn’t find them. I thought they had got scared and had run away and I
went back to Bodrum.’When they did not come to our meeting point I went
to the hospital and learned the bitter truth.’
The barber had paid people smugglers £2,900 over the course of three attempts to reach Greece from a refugee camp in Turkey.
he has told friends he wished he had also drowned to be spared a
lifetime of self-recrimination over the family’s desperate gamble for a
better life. Pictures of Aylan and Galip have been shared by social
networkers around the world, prompting calls for politicians to do more
for fleeing Syrians.
Recounting her conversation with her brother, Tima revealed that the waters had been calm when the family left Turkey.
‘He said the water was so calm, crystal clear and that’s how he knew it
was safe to [cross], and Aylan was so happy, so excited for that trip,
and he told him, “We’re going to have fun.” Alan asked, “Where we are
going?” and he told him Europe,’ she said.
‘He said 20 minutes
later a big wave came in on the jet boat. He was upset with the
smugglers, but they said “Don’t worry about it, we’ve done this plenty
of times and its very safe”.’
They had been at sea for only four minutes when the dinghy began taking on water.
‘The captain saw that the waves were so high and as he tried to steer
the boat we were hit immediately,’ said Mr Kurdi. ‘He panicked and dived
into the sea and fled.’I took over and started steering, but the waves
were so high that the boat flipped immediately.’I took my wife and my
kids in my arms. Now all I want is to lie in a grave next to them.’
‘All I want is to be with my children – they were the most beautiful children in the world,’ he said.
there anybody in the world for whom their child is not the most
precious thing? They woke me every morning to play with me. Now
everything is gone.’
Mr Kurdi and his wife Rehan, 35, fled Damascus in 2012, first for Aleppo
and then Kobane. Friends said they endured shelling in Kobane before
leaving last year as IS forces were poised to seize the town.
Kurdi said he had worked as an odd-job man and sold the family’s
belongings in the streets in a bid to fund their dream of a new life in
either Canada or Europe.As he prepared to take his family’s bodies back
to Syria for burial, Mr Kurdi said he could not face trying to build a
life in Europe without them.
Instead the ethnic Kurd will return
to his former home in the border town of Kobane, despite it being under
constant threat from Islamic State extremists.
Mr Kurdi broke down after seeing his sons’ bodies in the morgue, running from the building and crying out ‘My God, my God’.
Culled from Mailonline,AP