source: BBC News
published: 3 September 2015
The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy found drowned on a beach in Turkey has told the BBC of the harrowing circumstances of his death.
Alan Kurdi’s father Abdullah said that shortly after their boat left Turkey for the Greek island of Kos it was hit by waves and the captain swam off.
“I tried to catch my children and wife but there was no hope. One by one they died,” Mr Kurdi said.
The family were among thousands fleeing Syria and seeking a new life abroad.
Images of Alan’s body being recovered from a beach near Bodrum caused an outpouring of sympathy for the plight of those fleeing Syria’s civil war and criticism of European governments for not doing enough to answer the crisis.