Abdullah Kurdi, the father of dead Syrian refugee child Alan Kurdi, has asked for “a little bit of sympathy” for refugees in a Christmas message. Harrowing images of his three-year-old son pierced the international community’s conscience after his lifeless body washed onto Golden Beach near Bodrum, in Turkey. The child died alongside his mother, Rehanna, and five-year-old brother, Ghalib, in an attempt to find safety on the Greek island of Kos.
Speaking for Channel 4’s alternative Christmas message, Abdullah Kurdi said: “My message is I’d like the whole world to open its doors to Syrians. If a person shuts a door in someone’s face, this is very difficult. When a door is opened they no longer feel humiliated. At this time of year I would like to ask you all to think about the pain of fathers, mothers and children who are seeking peace and security.