Father of tragic Alan Kurdi in plea for more help for refugees

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The father of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body was photographed on a Turkish beach has begged world leaders to help more refugees on the anniversary of his death.

Three-year-old Alan Kurdi drowned on September 2 last year. The haunting image of the boy lying face down on the water's edge 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.

Speaking a year after the tragedy, Alan's father Abdullah has 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. In fact the situation got worse, the war escalated and more people are leaving," he told BBC News.

"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."

He said that not a day goes by when he does not think of his two boys.