At the beginning of 2019, Sea-Eye decided to set an example and remind European policymakers and the public what the European Union’s closed borders policy means to every single dead person’s relatives. To that end, Sea-Eye reminded us of an individual tale symbolic of the many fates on the Mediterranean – that of the Kurdi family.
Abdullah Kurdi, his wife Rehanna Kurdi and his two sons Ghalib and Alan fled Turkey in 2015. Together with many other refugees. Their destination was Greece. There they hoped to find safety and protection by the European Union. When their boat sank, almost the entire family drowned. Only the father survived.
A reporter found the body of young Alan. He was dressed in a red t-shirt and blue trousers, with his face in the sand on a Turkish beach. The photo of little Alan went around the world, showing an individual death brought about by Europe’s closed borders policy.