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Smugglers imprisoned for 125 years for death of Alan Kurdi

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:16 pm

Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees
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The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy – one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos – encapsulated the extraordinary risks refugees are taking to reach the west.

The picture, taken on Wednesday morning, depicted the dark-haired toddler, wearing a bright-red T-shirt and shorts, washed up on a beach, lying face down in the surf not far from Turkey’s fashionable resort town of Bodrum.

Three-year-old Alan Kurdi, his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother, Rehan, died in desperate attempt to flee to relatives

A second image portrays a grim-faced policeman carrying the tiny body away. Within hours it had gone viral becoming the top trending picture on Twitter under the hashtag #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik (humanity washed ashore).

Turkish media identified the boy as three-year-old Alan Kurdi and reported that his five-year-old brother had also met a similar death. Both had reportedly hailed from the northern Syrian town of Kobani, the site of fierce fighting between Islamic state insurgents and Kurdish forces earlier this year.

Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, said: “This tragic image of a little boy who’s lost his life fleeing Syria is shocking and is a reminder of the dangers children and families are taking in search of a better life. This child’s plight should concentrate minds and force the EU to come together and agree to a plan to tackle the refugee crisis.”

Greek authorities, coping with what has become the biggest migration crisis in living memory, said the boy was among a group of refugees escaping Islamic State in Syria.

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Turkish officials, corroborating the reports, said 12 people died after two boats carrying a total of 23 people, capsized after setting off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula. Among the dead were five children and a woman. Seven others were rescued and two reached the shore in lifejackets but hopes were fading of saving the two people still missing.
Young boy washed up on the beach.

The casualties were among thousands of people, mostly Syrians, fleeing war and the brutal occupation by Islamic fundamentalists in their homeland.

Kos, facing Turkey’s Aegean coast, has become a magnet for people determined to reach Europe. An estimated 2,500 refugees, also believed to be from Syria, landed on Lesbos on Wednesday in what local officials described as more than 60 dinghies and other “unseaworthy” vessels.

Some 15,000 refugees are in Lesbos awaiting passage by cruise ship to Athens’ port of Piraeus before continuing their journey northwards to Macedonia and up through Serbia to Hungary and Germany.

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“The situation on the islands is dramatic in terms of the sheer numbers flowing in, lack of shelter and ever worsening hygiene conditions,” Ketty Kehayioy, the UNHCR’s spokeswoman in Athens told the Guardian. “The absence of staff to conduct registrations is creating enormous bottlenecks on Lesvos and Kos which is further exacerbating substandard conditions, conditions themselves worsened by very limited facilities.”

Local NGO’s and volunteers, working around-the-clock to support insufficient state services now stretched to breaking point, described the situation as “utterly overwhelming.”

Wednesday’s dead were part of a grim toll of some 2,500 people who have died this summer attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Athens’ caretaker government, in power until elections are held on 20 September, announced emergency measures to facilitate the flow after meeting in urgent session under the prime minister, Vassiliki Thanou.

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The migration minister, Yiannis Mouzalas, said the measures would aim to improve conditions both for refugees and residents on islands such as Kos and Lesbos.

Conditions on islands have become increasingly chaotic with local officials voicing fears over the outbreak of disease amid rising levels of squalor.

“The problem is very big,” said Mouzalas, a doctor who is also a member of the Doctors of the World aid organisation. “If the European Union doesn’t intervene quickly to absorb the populations … if the issue isn’t internationalised on a UN level, every so often we will be discussing how to avoid the crisis,” he told reporters, insisting that the thousands risking their lives to flee conflict were refugees. “There is no migration issue, remove that – it is a refugee issue,” he said.

The UNHCR calculates that some 205,000 Europe-bound refugees have entered Greece, mostly via its outlying Aegean isles, this year alone. The vast majority (69%) are Syrians, Afghans (18 %), Iraqis and Somalis fleeing conflict in their countries.

In Hungary’s capital, meanwhile, where the authorities reversed their position and moved to stop migrants travelling to Germany and other western EU ­countries, hundreds continued to protest at Keleti ­station. Tensions rose throughout the day as the number of mainly young men swelled to over 2,000.

Berlin has proposed a quota system, thousands of Germans have volunteered to help refugees, and press coverage has been more balanced – but there have also been more violent incidents in Germany

With police blocking their path into Budapest’s main international train station, the crowds chanted, “No police! No police!” and “Germany! Germany!”

Passions also flared on Hungary’s border with Serbia as rightwing nationalist protesters marched to the location where migrants use a train track to walk into the country. Police formed protective circles around frightened migrants as the demonstrators screamed abuse at them.

“We have to reinstate law and order at the borders of the European Union, including the border with Serbia,” Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said. “Without re-establishing law and order, it will be impossible to handle the influx of migrants.”

He said Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, would take a “clear and obvious message” to a meeting in Brussels on Thursday with EU chiefs about the migration crisis.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/ ... f-refugees
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Re: Kobane and what everyone ignores

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:58 pm

ISIS moved slowly towards Kobane, destroying small villages and towns along the way

Everyone saw ISIS moving towards Kobane nobody stopped them

As ISIS came slowly closer to Kobane and the Syrian/Turkish border, Turkey had plenty of time to post plenty of tanks and other armament along the border

We all thought that Turkey, being a member of NATO, would take action to prevent ISIS reaching the city

Everyone saw ISIS moving towards Kobane nobody stopped them

We watched the events on TV as they slowly unfold before us

Everyone saw ISIS moving towards Kobane nobody stopped them

We could not believe that the Turkish troops were taking no action

Those in Kobane were also relaxed as they expect Turkey to take some form of action

Everyone saw ISIS moving towards Kobane nobody stopped them

When it became obvious that nobody was going to help, the poor people of Kobane grabbed everything they could, filling cars and carrying what they could on their shoulders

Everyone saw ISIS moving towards Kobane nobody stopped them

When the people of Kobane reached the Turkish/Syria border, Turkey - full of kindness and joy, refused to allow the people to take their cars and most of their belongings across the border into Turkey

Everyone saw ISIS moving towards Kobane nobody stopped them

It did not take very long for ISIS to move into Kobane and then onto the border where they took the cars and precious items the Kobane population had been forced to leave on the Syrian side of the border

Everyone saw ISIS move into Kobane nobody stopped them
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Re: Kobane and what everyone ignores

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:27 pm

Several times the people of Kobane attempted to return to Kobane to help to save their homes, but the Turkish military prevented them

Everyone saw ISIS move into Kobane nobody stopped them

Everyone knows all about the fighting that took place inside Kobane but are you all aware that, even with all the growing publicity, nobody prevented ISIS from moving yet more troops and weapons into Kobane

Everyone saw ISIS moving more troops into Kobane but nobody stopped them

As the situation became worse, those on the Turkish side of the border were loath to move away. They sat watching their homes being burnt and bombed to the ground

Everyone saw ISIS move reinforcements into Kobane nobody stopped them

The Kurds were forced to seek shelter anywhere they could

Eventually Peshmerga and PKK forces moved in and the coalition bombed the heart out of Kobane

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The destruction was caused by:

a) failure to prevent ISIS entering Kobane

b) failure to prevent ISIS from receiving many deliveries of
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c) a ridiculously absurd amount of bombing by coalition

The coalition has always had money to spend on destruction but never on rebuilding
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Re: Kobane and what everyone ignores

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:50 pm

After all the horrors of Kobane, the former inhabitants faced even more horrors

The treatment these unfortunate displaced people faced at the hands of the Turks was something from nightmares

Many Kurds left half-starved with nothing but the clothes they stood up in, physically abused by Turks

Some Kurds took shelter in the refugee camps but the camps were far to violent and the poor people of Kobane

Even one-time wealthy professionals, ended up squatting in half-built buildings and long deserted shacks, some putting up make-shift tents under trees

With Turks attacking the Kurds and chasing them away every time they found shelter, the Kurds were yet again in fear of their lives

Out of desperation, many Kurds decided to risk their lives making the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Europe

The young boy in the picture, along with family and friends died escaping from TURKS

They did NOT die escaping from ISIS
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Re: Kobane Death/Destruction and Turkey's treatment of Kurds

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:43 pm

Traders in human lives:
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The father of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Kobane child who died while crossing the Aegean sea in 2015, has expressed mixed emotions at the sentencing of 3 individuals to 125 years each in prison for their involvement in the tragedy

Abdullah Kurdi, his wife Rehanna, and their two sons, Alan, 3, and Ghalib, 4, were trying to cross the sea to Greece on September 2, 2015 when their smuggler’s boat sank off the Turkish coast.

A photograph of Alan lying face down in the surf on a Turkish beach caused shock and revulsion worldwide, and led to calls for European leaders to offer refugees safe and legal passage.

Three suspects were captured in Adana province southern Turkey this week, according to state-owned Anadolu Agency.

The suspects were convicted for “killing with eventual intent” by a court in Bodrum on Friday.

Two Syrian smugglers were jailed in 2016 over the tragedy, but three others had fled during the trial, according to AA.

Alan’s father told Rudaw English on Friday that he is mostly happy with the verdict- punishing those who are “trading with human lives.”

“The decision of sentencing the three individuals to 125 years made me happy and not happy at the same time, but made me happy in general as those who are trading with human lives have been detained and punished, and I hope all the other smugglers will be detained soon,” Kurdi said.

Kurdi revealed that he knows one of the suspects and is "sure" that he is guilty.

Alan Kurdi drowned off the Turkish coast in 2016

He also announced that he is eagerly awaiting the birth of a new son, who will also be named Alan.

“I will have another Alan in 10 days, and that makes me have hope again,” Kurdi said.

A German charity named a rescue ship in memory of Alan Kurdi to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

Sea-Watch's Alan Kurdi ship has rescued many migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean and enter Europe.

Kurdi is currently trying to relocate the ship from the Mediterranean Sea to Aegean sea, the primary route for refugees and migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece.

“I’m planning to relocate Alan’s ship, which rescues migrants from the Libyan coast, to the Aegean Sea to rescue the refugees,” he said.

He is also planning to have another rescue ship in the Aegean Sea named Galib, the other son he lost in the tragedy.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/13032020
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