The drowning accident where three-year-Aylan Kurdi died and was washed up on the beach in Turkey did not happen like the boy's father, Abdullah Kurdi claims, according to Zainab Abbas (pictured), who lost two children when the boat capsized.
According to her, Kurdi was a trafficker and responsible for the trip when the boat capsized.
- Yes, it was Abdullah Kurdi who drove the boat, says Abbas to the Australian news channel Network Ten via her cousin Lara Tahseen, today.
Abdullah, who was on his way to Europe to get free dental care in Sweden, lured Zainab Abbas to take the trip by referring to the good on-board security.
- He said the trip would be safe because he took both his wife and children on board, she says.
Abbas twelve year old daughter Zainab and eight year old son Haidar got stuck under the small boat when it capsized off the Turkish coast in the Aegean sea, and both drowned, while her daughter Rawan survived.
According to the Australian The Daily Telegraph, which in turn cites the Wall Street Journal, Abdullah Kurdi denies being a trafficker, but has admitted that he, at least towards the end of the journey, was the one who steered the boat.
Turkish authorities have arrested four men suspected of crimes in connection with the incident, Abdullah Abbas is not one of them.
However, Zainab Abbas says that he is lying and that she is sure that it was Kurdi who was responsible for the boat throughout the journey and that he and another man shared the money.
- I lost my children, my life. How can he stand there and lie to the media? she says.
The sea route between Turkey and the Greek island of Kos is just four kilometers, and in the summer the water is warm, the visibility good and the weather is usually calm. Yet migrants are killed regularly in the area due to laziness, poor discipline, lack of judgment and competence at sea. For example, Abdullah Kurdi and his passengers did not use lifejackets.
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