The aunt of toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose image showing him washed up on a Turkish beach shocked the world into recognizing the Syrian refugee crisis, has spoken out against political candidates questioning her family tragedy.
On his personal blog, Australian political candidate Peter Rogers wrote “the whole photo thing was fabricated, as it turns out this kid was alive and well.”
Meanwhile Tima Kurdi tells CKNW she only wishes that were true.
“I wish I could tell him, I wish he was alive, I wish my whole family’s alive… And that little boy right now would be going to school and looking forward to his future to grow up peacefully and not be in this horrible war.”
Tima also condemned an Australian senator who last year described her nephew’s family as “opportunistic,” saying she would tell both men their comments are unacceptable.
Kurdi, who lives in B.C., says that it pains her and her surviving family to see that image of a personal tragedy falsely used for cheap political gain.
“I don’t know how to put the word to you exactly how much it hurts us when we actually see this image used for their own, whatever reason is.”
Tima’s brother Abdullah Kurdi was the sole survivor out of his family when a boat that he, his wife and two sons were fleeing inside of capsized off the Turkish coast.