“From the boy on the beach to safe harbour
Tima Kurdi in conversation
Community Sponsorship for Syrian Refugees
It’s been three years since a photograph of Alan Kurdi went viral around the world—an innocent two-year-old Syrian boy who had washed up dead on a Turkish beach on 2 September 2015. Alan became the symbol of Syrian refugees fleeing war and personified the plight of the children caught up in the conflict.
Alan’s mother, Rehanna, and his brother, Ghalib, perished alongside him as they all attempted to reach safe shores while Abdullah, his father, survived. Abdullah and his sister, Canadian–Syrian Tima Kurdi, created the Kurdi Foundation to bring support for children directly to the refugee camps.
Tima Kurdi is now a recognised global advocate for Syrian Refugees and an exponent of the Community Sponsorship scheme in Canada. She successfully brought 7 of her extended family through the scheme and is in London to show her support for the UK scheme and its continued operation. The event will include a discussion of the impact of her nephew’s image on galvanising groups to support community sponsorship.
Tima has just completed her first book, “The Boy on the Beach” and will be speaking to The International Observatory of Human Rights about her journey, the work of The Kurdi Foundation and her next steps to support Syrian refugees.
Please note this event will be filmed.
photo credit: © Flickr / robertsharp59
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