Relatives of the drowned three-year-old Syrian boy who became the face of the Syrian refugee crisis are set to touch down in Vancouver tomorrow morning.
Mohammed Kurdi along with his wife and children are due to arrive at YVR at 11:30 am, where they will be met by his sister Tima who lives in Coquitlam.
Following the rejection, his brother Abdullah and his family tried to make the crossing from Turkey to Greece on an overcrowded boat. It capsized, and his wife and children drowned.
The horrific image of three-year-old Alan’s death became an iconic symbol of the plight of Syrian refugees and a major issue in the federal election.
Tomorrow’s arrival is expected to be an emotional reunion. Mohammed had been living in Frankfurt, working, while the rest of his family remained in Turkey. Until their flight to Canada, he had yet to even meet his youngest child, who was born after the family separated.
Tima Kurdi says her brother, a barber, will work at her newly established hair salon.
She says the children, at least one of whom had been working to help the family make ends meet in Turkey, will now have the chance to attend school and have a normal life.
Abdullah Kurdi has chosen to remain in the Middle East.