Aylan Kurdi's father talks about the death of his family for first time

Aylan Kurdi's father talks about the death of his family for first time

Aylan Kurdi's father has spoken publicly about his family's tragedy saying all he wants to do is "lie in a grave" with his family.

Abdullah Kurdi also lost his wife and another son when the boat they were on, bound for Greece, capsized.

He said: "My kids were the most beautiful children in the world. Wonderful.

"They woke me up every morning to play with them and now, they are all gone. Now all I want is to lie in a grave next to my wife and children."

The bodies of Aylan and his five-year-old brother, Galip, were washed up on a beach near Bodrum yesterday.

Mr Kurdi spoke to the media outside the morgue where they had been taken in and explained his family were among 12 people on the crowded vessel.

He said: "There were 12 of us and it was overloaded. With the man who operated the boat, there were 13 of us."

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