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Year after iconic photo of dead son, dad says little changed

Associated Press Associated Press 2/09/2016
Zaid, an eight-year-old Syrian refugee, now living in Spain, poses with a sign reading in Spanish: "I survived, 423 other children did not" in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The symbolic protest was to highlight the plight of refugee children coinciding with the anniversary of the death of three year old refugee Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead on a beach in September 2015 near the Turkish resort of Bodrum. (AP Photo/Paul White) © The Associated Press Zaid, an eight-year-old Syrian refugee, now living in Spain, poses with a sign reading in Spanish: "I survived, 423 other children did not" in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The symbolic protest was to highlight the plight of refugee children coinciding with the anniversary of the death of three year old refugee Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead on a beach in September 2015 near the Turkish resort of Bodrum. (AP Photo/Paul White)

BERLIN — The father of a 3-year-old boy whose lifeless body photographed on a Turkish beach drew the world's attention to the plight of refugees says little has changed in the year since.

Abdullah Kurdi, a Syrian who now lives in Iraq, lost not only 3-year-old Aylan but also son Galip, 5, and wife Rihan, 35, one year ago Friday.

Kurdi was quoted by Germany's Bild newspaper as saying this week that he's glad the photo of his son's body was published to "make clear to people what is happening" but he's upset that more hasn't been done for refugees since.

"Politicians said after the death of my family: never again!" he said. "Everyone allegedly wanted to do something after the photos that had so moved them. But what is happening now? The dying goes on and nobody's doing anything."

Kurdi urged others contemplating the journey that he undertook with his family to rethink their plans.

"I'd like to say to the refugees in the refugee camps that they shouldn't make this journey," he said. "The danger is too great. It's not worth it."

His sister, Tima Kurdi, posted this week on her Facebook page that "we must never forget the price for freedom."

"Please keep (Aylan) and all those who died for the chance of freedom from the shackles of war in our daily prayers," she wrote.

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