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Father of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi issues refugee plea

By Helen William

Published 23/12/2015

Heartbroken: Abdullah Kurdi
Heartbroken: Abdullah Kurdi

The father of a little boy who drowned while fleeing his war-torn Syrian homeland is to plead with the world to open their hearts to refugees.

Heartbreaking images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi's limp and lifeless body being cradled as he was carried away from a Turkish beach triggered global outrage.

His father Abdullah Kurdi, whose wife Rehanna and five-year-old son Ghalib drowned along with Alan in September, makes a personal appeal in his alternative Channel 4 Christmas message.

He says: "At this time of year, I would like to ask you all to think about the pain of fathers, mothers and children who are seeking peace and security."

A Turkish police officer carries the body of little Aylan Kurdi
A Turkish police officer carries the body of little Aylan Kurdi
Abdullah Kurdi, 40, father of Syrian boys Aylan, 3, and Galip, 5, who were washed up drowned on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum on Wednesday, cries as he waits for the delivery of their bodies outside a morgue in Mugla, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.(AP Photo/Mehmet Can Meral)
Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, waits at the morgue in Mugla, southern Turkey, on September 3, 2015, after a boat carrying refugees sank trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. AFP/Getty Images

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