Alan Kurdi’s uncle living in Germany ready to arrive in Canada with wife and 5 children
Some family members of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi may soon be coming to Canada, hopefully by Christmas, his aunt Tima told the Star on Friday.
The photo of the little boy’s body on a beach in September drew the world’s attention to the plight of Syrian refugees. He died in a desperate attempt by his parents to reach Europe, in which his mother and 5-year-old brother Ghaleb also died. His father Abdullah, who is Tima’s brother, now lives alone in northern Iraq.
Tima says she was recently told by the Canadian government that her application to sponsor her other brother Mohammed (Alan Kurdi’s uncle), his wife and five children has been approved.
Now she’s busy buying beds and emptying out rooms in her Coquitlam, B.C. home to welcome seven family members. She said Mohammed, who lives in Germany, recently cleared mandatory medical and security checks, as did his wife and five children, who live in a basement in Istanbul.