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A plea not to be ignored

The message is loud and clear....

"The father of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body washed up on a beach in Turkey—the powerful photo of which captured the human tragedy of the refugee crisis—will deliver a Christmas message in which he urges the world to have sympathy for those fleeing the ravages of war.

Abdullah Kurdi, who, in addition to losing three-year-old Alan, also lost his wife, Rehanna and five-year-old son Ghalib when the boat bound for Greece they were on capsized, will deliver the remarks in this year's alternative Christmas message on the UK's Channel 4. An excerpt of the message and transcript have already been released.

"We Syrians leave our country due to war. We all are afraid for our children, for our honor," Kurdi says."


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"The war in Syrian has already uprooted more than 4 million people, and the International Organization for Migrations said this week that the number of fatalities of refugees or migrants just off Greece or Turkey this year has surpassed 700, including children and babies. In the latest such tragedy, at least 18 migrants drowned Thursday when their boat headed to the Greece sank.

António Guterres, outgoing head of the UN Refugee Agency, warned this week, "If the conflict does not end quickly, this might be the end of Syria as we know it."





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