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Iraq: Sculpture of drowned refugee Alan Kurdi unveiled in Sulaimani00:56

Iraq: Sculpture of drowned refugee Alan Kurdi unveiled in Sulaimani

Iraq, Sulaimani
March 1, 2016 at 23:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

A sculpture of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea last year, was unveiled on a small jetty at Azadi Park in the city of Sulaimani in February.

Designed by Bakhtiar Halabjay, the sculpture measures 3.5 metres (11.48 feet) in length and is made of marble, forming a replica of the image of Alan's body that washed up on a beach near Bodrum on September 2, 2015. The image of Alan's body made global headlines, causing an outcry over the human cost of the refugee and migrant crisis.

Alan Kurdi, who was of Kurdish ethnic background, drowned along with his mother Rehen and five-year-old brother Galip after the boat they were travelling in capsized as they were heading for the Greek island of Kos. Fleeing the conflict in Syria, they had hoped eventually to reach Canada where they were to join relatives.

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A sculpture of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea last year, was unveiled on a small jetty at Azadi Park in the city of Sulaimani in February.

Designed by Bakhtiar Halabjay, the sculpture measures 3.5 metres (11.48 feet) in length and is made of marble, forming a replica of the image of Alan's body that washed up on a beach near Bodrum on September 2, 2015. The image of Alan's body made global headlines, causing an outcry over the human cost of the refugee and migrant crisis.

Alan Kurdi, who was of Kurdish ethnic background, drowned along with his mother Rehen and five-year-old brother Galip after the boat they were travelling in capsized as they were heading for the Greek island of Kos. Fleeing the conflict in Syria, they had hoped eventually to reach Canada where they were to join relatives.

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