It’s been a year since the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach, and on the anniversary of his death his father has urged world leaders to help more refugees.
The haunting image of the three-year old’s lifeless body lying face down at the shoreline prompted a global outcry over the refugee crisis.
His five-year-old brother Galip and mother Rehana also died during the ill-fated journey from Bodrum to the Greek island of Kos.
Alan’s father Abdullah has now appealed for countries to do more to help refugees.
“At first the world was anxious to help the refugees, but this did not even last a month,” he told BBC News. “In fact the situation got worse, the war escalated and more people are leaving.
“I hope that all the leaders of the world can try and do good and stop the wars so that the people can go back to normal life.”
On Friday, celebrities including Juliet Stevenson and Vanessa Redgrave, religious leaders and local politicians will urge ministers to immediately bring to Britain hundreds of children stranded in a sprawling migrant camp in Calais.
They will gather for a memorial event organised with Citizens UK outside the Home Office in London, before handing in a letter addressed to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
It will include the names of 387 children said to be eligible for asylum in the UK, including those with family links in the country and those who are to be cared for under a Government commitment to resettle more lone refugee children from Europe.
Lord Dubs, the Labour peer and campaigner who helped force the Government into accepting an amendment to the Immigration Act compelling them to take in more lone minors from Europe, said: “I am deeply saddened that despite repeated calls from me and others, the Government still seems to be dragging its feet on the commitments it made when the amendment in my name was accepted.
“Now that the new Government has had some weeks to settle in after the EU referendum vote, there really is no excuse for any further delay. Theresa May and Amber Rudd should be taking immediate action.”
Since the Act received Royal Assent in May, more than 30 under-18s have been accepted for transfer from within Europe, the Home Office said.