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Vigil held for drowned Syrian toddlers

Saturday, September 05, 2015 - 01:35

The extended Kurdi family mourns their loss of a Syrian toddler and his 5-year-old brother who drowned as they tried to reach Greece and washed ashore in Turkey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The family of two Syrian toddlers who drowned as they tried to reach Greece held a vigil for the boys in Vancouver on Saturday. A photograph of Aylan Kurdi's tiny body in a bright red T-shirt and dark shorts, face-down in the surf, appeared in newspapers around the world, prompting sympathy and outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations in helping refugees. Aylan's 5-year-old brother, Galip, and mother, Rehan, 35, were among 12 people, including other children, who died after two boats capsized while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. "It was my fault cuz I paid him the money to pay the smuggler," the aunt of the drowned toddlers, Tima Kurdi said, breaking down in tears. The children's father, Abdullah, survived. Abdullah's sister, Tima Kurdi, a resident of Vancouver, said she had tried to sponsor another brother to come to Canada, but the application had been rejected. She had hoped to sponsor Aylan and his family next.

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Vigil held for drowned Syrian toddlers

Saturday, September 05, 2015 - 01:35