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Why dead Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi's family left their home in Kobani?

New Delhi: The picture of a three-year-old migrant boy Aylan Kurdi washed ashore on a Turkish beach last week took the world by storm.The concern for Syrian migrants, pouring in Europe, rose above the regional
Ahamad Fuwad June 13, 2016 13:47 IST
Ahamad Fuwad

New Delhi: The picture of a three-year-old migrant boy Aylan Kurdi washed ashore on a Turkish beach last week took the world by storm.

The concern for Syrian migrants, pouring in Europe, rose above the regional and religious lines and all countries are taking steps to accept as many migrants as possible.

But the question arises, why someone would leave their home? What could happen that all of a sudden a family decides to leave their home to an uncertain future on an unsafe path through waving sea?

Abdullah Kurdi, buried his wife Rihan and sons Aylan and Galib on Friday in their hometown Kobani.

The city of Kobani is nothing but ruins now, as the result of the deadly fighting between Kurdish militants, Syrian forces and Islamic State.

The Islamic State seized the city in September 2014 initiating a deadly fight between it and the Syrian forces. The fight continued for almost six months, destroying almost the entire city.

Since the siege ended, the people started fleeing the war-torn region through whatever means they had. Most of them chose to cross the Mediterranean Sea through boat and many died on the way.

Aylan Kurdi is just one of the thousands of lives the waters have consumed.

Almost half of Syrian population of 22 million has been killed, displaced or fled the country since the civil war began in 2011. There are nearly 4 million Syrian refugees in different countries living away from home without a house.