4 Years’ On : Remembering Alan Kurdi

Guest blog by our collaborative partner in the UK, Together100

The picture of Alan is a gift to you and me. It is a powerful image to teach us how we can use a tragedy as a seed of hope. The picture of my boy is a wake up call to the world. Enough suffering, enough killing. Let’s put our voices together. If I couldn’t save my own family, let’s save others.” Alan's Aunt Tima.

RIP Alan Kurdi (3), died 2 September 2015 trying to reach safety in Europe

Alan's body washed up on a Turkish beach near the resort of Bodrum, after his family had left the country hours earlier having paid smugglers thousands to take them to the Greek island of Kos.

His brother Galip, five, and mother Rehan also died, leaving Mr Kurdi as the sole survivor. 

Mr Kurdi’s sister, Fatima, a hairdresser living in Toronto, was in touch with her brother's family when they first tried to migrate to Canada earlier that year. They claim they were refused asylum, despite telling officials their hometown Kobane in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria was under assault by Islamic State (ISIS) militants. 

She told reporters of the young Kurdi brothers' excitement about reaching Europe, with Galip hoping for a new bike.

Mr Kurdi told relatives he never wants to leave Syria again after returning to bury his wife and children in Kobane yesterday. 

Four years’ on and we understand that Alan’s father Abdullah was moved to raise money for diapers after the loss of his wife and two sons.

Fatima said “It started with a very simple gesture, collecting diapers to distribute to refugees. Money had been too scarce for diapers for Alan. Rehan (Alan’s mother) had used a cloth and plastic wrap, meaning Alan always had a rash.

His father said “I don’t want any baby in the world to go through what I couldn’t buy for my own son Alan.

So we (UK group collaboration LOVEoutLOUD) have decided that once a year starting on September 2nd, for as long as the crisis continues and we’re volunteering, we will run a collaborative fundraiser knowing that it is was THIS little boys’ tragic death that bought us here, together, to sow seeds of hope and change.

Alan and his brother Galip. May they both RIP.

Alan and his brother Galip. May they both RIP.