A special ceremony for the renaming of the ship was held in Palma, in Spain’s Balearic Island of Mallorca, with Alan’s father, Abdullah Kurdi, and aunt, Tima Kurdi, attending the special event.
The tragic incident involving Alan [also spelled Aylan] Kurdi occurred on Sept. 2, 2015, after the family fled from the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani to Turkey.
“The name ‘Alan Kurdi’ shall be a reminder of what our work is really about.
File photo: APThe image of Alan’s little body on a Turkish beach shocked and saddened the world.
And it is about the endless pain and grief their loved ones have to feel,” said Sea Eye spokesperson Carlotta Weibl.Sea Eye was founded in reaction to Alan’s death.
Remember Alan Kurdi? A German rescue ship has taken his name in honour of his memory and all the migrants who have died in the Mediterranean.
Our grief for the loss of my wife and sons is shared by many, by thousands of families who have so tragically lost sons and daughters this way,” Abdullah Kurdi said in a statement released by Sea-Eye, quoted by AFP.
Alan’s father had paid a smuggler to transfer his family from Turkey to Greece to later move to Canada and reunite with Tima, who lives there as a refugee.
A German migrant rescue ship that operates in the Mediterranean was renamed Sunday after Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach at the height of the migrant crisis, sparking global outrage Alan’s father, Abdullah Kurdi, and aunt, Tima Kurdi, attended the renaming ceremony held in Palma on Spain’s Balearic Island of Mallorca.
Eleven refugees died, including Kurdi’s wife, Rehanna, and their two young boys, Ghalib and Alan — or Aylan as his name was widely transcribed in the anglophone press at the time.
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A German migrant rescue ship which operates in the Mediterranean Sea was renamed on Sunday after Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian Kurdish refugee whose body washed up on a Turkish shore in Sep. 2015, sparking global outrage.
The photograph of three-year-old Alan Kurdis lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach shocked the world in 2015. German rescue organization @seaeyeorg has now named a ship after him.
German migrant rescue ship renamed after tragic toddler Alan Kurdi
Our grief for the loss of my wife and sons is shared by many, by thousands of families who have so tragically lost sons and daughters this way,” said Abdullah Kurdi in comments published by the non-profit organization Sea Eye that operates the ship.Alan, his four-year-old brother Ghalib and mother Rehan, from Kobane, drowned in September 2015 trying to reach Greece from Turkey.The body of Alan Kurdi lies on a Turkish beach.
“We are happy that a German rescue ship will carry the name of our boy.