Daddy, please don't die: last word of drowned Syria toddler

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Monday, 07 September 2015

“Daddy, please don't die”, were the last words the three-year-old Aylan Kurdi uttered before drowning. Aylan’s tiny body and that of his five-year-old brother, Galip, washed ashore in Turkey last week. The boys and their mother, Rehana, died during an ill-fated attempt to travel from Turkey to Greece via the Aegean Sea and only the grief-ridden father Abdullah survived. Aylan's aunt Fatima, recounts the events which focused the world’s attention on the plight of refuges.

“When the boat flipped upside down and the waves kept pushing down, those two boys were in his arms,” said Fatima Kurdi.

“He tried with all his power to push them up above the water to breathe and they screamed: ‘Daddy, please don't die’,” she said.

After Abdullah realized that Galip had passed away, he let him go and tried to save his other son, Aylan. Alas, he saw that blood was pouring from the child’s eyes and realized that the cold sea had also taken him.

“So he closed his eyes and he let him go. He looked around for his wife. She was floating in the water. He said: ‘I tried with all my power to save them. I couldn't.’”

The brothers were among at least 12 Syrian people, who drowned and washed up on a beach near the resort town of Bodrum, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the city of Antalya on Wednesday.

The Kurdis were from the northern Syrian town of Kobani, and were fleeing fierce fighting between Daesh Takfiri terrorists and Kurdish forces, which began earlier this year.

Abdullah returned to Kobani on Friday to bury his family.

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