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Aylan Kurdi: Relatives of tragic Syrian refugee arrive in Canada

By John Brennan

When Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body was photographed washed up on a Turkish beach – it sparked global concern over the Syrian refugee crisis.

The tragic toddlers' surviving relatives have now arrived in Canada, among the 25,000 Syrians that the country is set to take in.

Mohammed Kurdi, his wife and their five children arrived in Canada as refugees yesterday, having been sponsored by Mohammed's sister Tima Kurdi.

She was visibly overcome with emotion as she welcomed her family to Vancouver.

Tine and Mohammed’s three-year-old nephew Aylan Kurdi, and his five year old brother and his mother, drowned in September while crossing the waters between Turkey and Greece.

After the tragedy the boy’s father Abdullah Kurdi said that the family had been trying to get to Canada to join his sister Tima.

He has opted instead to stay in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

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His sister Tima spoke of her desire to see her brother join them in Canada saying, "All of us here wish you were here with us."

Mohamed Kurdi said: “I’m happy. Very happy,” before he spoke with his sister acting as a translator.

Mr Kurdi thanked the Canadian people and the Canadian government for making his dream come true.

His teenage son Shergo said he was looking forward to going back to school and starting a new life.

The Canadian government previously stated that it aims to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees to the country by the end of February.

As of St Stephen’s day the federal website said 2,413 refugees had arrived in Canada.

"Thank you Canadian people. Thank you Prime Minister Trudeau for opening the door and showing the world how everyone should welcome refugees and save lives," Tima Kurdi said

Mohammad and his family will stay with his sister for the time being.

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