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Father of drowned Syrian toddler to give Channel 4's Christmas message

He will appeal for the world to open its doors to Syrians.

THE FATHER OF a Syrian toddler who sparked outrage at the migrant crisis when images emerged of his body on a Syrian beach will deliver Channel 4′s alternative Christmas message tomorrow.

Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi drowned when the boat he was in with his family overturned off the coast of Turkey. His tiny body washed up on a beach and the images of the scene broke hearts all across the world.

In his address tomorrow, Abdullah Kurdhi who lost two sons in the water that day, will ask the world to open its doors to Syrians.

At this time of year I would like to ask you all to think about the pain of fathers, mothers and children who are seeking peace and security. We ask just for a little bit of sympathy from you.

“Hopefully next year the war will end in Syria and peace will reign all over the world.”

His message will be broadcast on Channel 4 tomorrow at 3.35pm.

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