Innocent Syrian Toddler on Turkish Beach “Heartbreaking”

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Aylan Kurdi is the name of the toddler whose lifeless body was seen lying on a Mediterranean beach. The picture of the drowned child in a soaked red shirt, tiny blue pant and a black strap shoe put the whole world in shock. The family of the child had been trying to emigrate to Canada after fleeing the war-torn town of Kobani, one of their relatives told a Canadian newspaper.

According to media reports, a lawmaker said a woman in Canada had tried to sponsor Syrian relatives who drowned off the coast of Turkey, including a 3-year-old boy whose lifeless body was shown in photographs, galvanizing debates around the world.

Speaking to The Canadian Press, Canadian legislator Fin Donnelly said that the Vancouver-area woman had sought to sponsor the mother and two children but that her request was turned down by Canadian immigration officials. Donnelly said the woman tried to sponsor her nephews Aylan and Galip Kurdi and their mother, all three of whom drowned.


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