ANKARA, Turkey -- The plight of one boy whose body washed up like a piece of debris on a Turkish beach has focused the world's attention on a wave of war-and-deprivation-fueled migration unmatched since World War II.
Aylan Kurdi, 3, was found on a Turkish beach after the small rubber boat he and his family were in capsized in a voyage from Turkey to Greece.
Aylan died along with 5-year-old brother Galip and his mother, Rehan, leaving their distraught father, Abdullah, to cope with his sudden, overwhelming loss.
He said yesterday he wanted one thing and one thing only: to sit by the graves of his wife and children.
"My kids were the most beautiful children in the world, wonderful. They wake me up every morning to play with them. They are all gone now," he said.
Canadian officials said the family, fleeing the war in Syria, had been turned down in a bid for legal entry to Canada even though they had close relatives there who offered financial backing and shelter.
Tima Kurdi of Vancouver, who is Abdullah's sister, said the family had embarked on the perilous boat journey only after its bid was rejected. But she said she doesn't want to just blame the Canadian government, adding: "I blame the whole world" for not stopping the war. -- AP