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December 11, 2019
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Thoughts of Turkish police officer who picked up Aylan Kurdi


ISTANBUL – A Turkish police officer who picked up the three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi said that he thought of his own son when he saw the toddler on the beach.

While giving an interview to Dogan news agency, said that he prayed that boy was still alive as he moved towards him.

He said that “When I approached the baby, I said to myself,  Dear God I hope he s alive.  But he showed no signs of life. I was crushed.”

“I have a six-year-old son. The moment I saw the baby, I thought about my own son and put myself into his father s place. Words cannot describe what a sad and tragic sight it was,” he added.

Earlier, Canadian aunt of Aylan Kurdi, the three year old Syrian who drowned in a bid to reach Europe, has revealed that “Daddy, please don’t die” were his last words.

 Fatima Kurdi, who lives in Canada, said the toddler’s dying cries were a plea to his father Abdullah to save him as the pair struggled together in the Aegean Sea.

Aylan’s brother Galip, 5, and mother Rehan also perished, leaving Mr Kurdi as the sole survivor.

A Turkish police officer carries the body of Aylan Kurdi in Bodrum (Nilufer Demir/AFP/Getty Images)