Aylan Kurdi: Drowned Syrian Refugee Child Story a Fraud?

Is this photo of a drowned Syrian refugee child a fraud?

Photo credit: The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/03/refugee-crisis-friends-and-family-fill-in-gaps-behind-harrowing-images

Photo credit: The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/03/refugee-crisis-friends-and-family-fill-in-gaps-behind-harrowing-images

On yesterday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, I mentioned that there were a lot of open questions regarding the heart-wrenching photo of the drowned 3 year old Syrian refugee, Aylan Kurdi, who lifeless body washed up on the beach. What’s the back story? Frankly, the whole thing set off my well-calibrated BS detector, and that of the Husband, who almost immediately said “I think it’s fake.” As you would expect, I married a smart man.

A site called “The Muslim Issue” has a very interesting piece up, “Aylan Kurdi’s family had FREE housing in Turkey, while father’s story is full of holes” (H/T Mensa). It’s worth reading the whole thing. Here’s a little snippet, to give you a feel for it:

Abdullah Kurdi’s story is made-up. But his lies are now being used and rewarded by the media in full blown propaganda, while pressuring policies to force Europe to take in more economic migrants who have never experienced a war zone. The dead toddler pornography is a dream-come true PR campaign serving ISIS and their overwhelming Muslim supporters.

Abdullah was never on that boat to watch his wife and children drown. That’s why he was the only survivor. The first time he learned of their death was from the hospital after the photos of his young son was circulating in the media. Listen to all the contradictions and holes in his story.

This was an attempt to send his wife and children into Europe before his own arrival to apply for refugee status as a lone woman with children, while they never even lived in a war zone.

Unfold the #migrationfraud :

After leaving from what they say was a war zone (Syria is huge and the entire country is not a war zone) the Kurdi family was given FREE housing in Turkey and had been there for THREE years. Abdullah Kurdi was not in any war zone. He was safe, he had food, he had over $4,400 in cash, which is over 13,000 Turkish Lira – so why did he leave?

Frankly the whole story simply doesn’t add up.

This is what he told the press initially, as reported in the Guardian yesterday:

“I took over and started steering. The waves were so high and the boat flipped. I took my wife and my kids in my arms and I realised they were all dead,” he told AP.

Let’s look at all the details of his story.

The report according to Abdullah’s own words is that he lived in Turkey for three years and prior to that he had lived in Damascus. His sister makes the story even more confusing saying that Abdullah was a barber originally from Damascus, who fled from Kobani to Turkey but “dreamed of a future in Canada” for his family. Was he living in Damascus or Kobani? Kobani is over 500 kms from Damascus.

After “fleeing” from “war zone” Kobani he now wants to return to Kobani to attend — a funeral. Huh…? So he’s safe to fly back by plane to Kobani and attend a funeral. And guess what? ISIS was not even in Kobani when Kurdi claims his family “fled” from ISIS.

ISIS was not in Damascus either three years ago when Kurdi claims he lived there. ISIS entered only a small rural part of northern Damascus last year and targeted a remote refugee camp with “Palestinians” earlier in 2015 and were pushed out. ISIS is present in a quarter of the country in Northern Syria, not in the South.

While Western media reports that he was trying to reach Canada, Swedish media are being given reports by Kurdi that he was trying to reach Sweden and that he had been receiving FREE housing in Turkey for three years. Abdullah claims he was trying to reach Canada but was denied asylum – while Canadian authorities say they have never received any application from him at all. Which story does Abdullah want to stick to?

There they go again, “they” being the media attempting to promote their threadbare “for the children” narrative. I mentioned on yesterday’s show that on at least two Sunday shows, David Milliband, former British Foreign Secretary and current head of humanitarian relief organization the International Rescue Committee, appeared and scolded the United States for not taking in more Syrian refugees. He wants us to take 65,000, as opposed to the 5,000-8,000 planned by the State Department. He trivialized concerns about our inability to vet these “refugees,” and the legitimate concern that we might be importing Islamist lunatics determined to murder as many Americans as possible.


  1. Using dead children as sympathy generating propaganda tools is a well known tactic of Muslims. I too became suspicious immediately upon hearing this story and seeing the accompanying pictures. Remember the story about the Palestinian boy who was supposed to have been killed when caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between the IDF and Palestinian militants? It was faked as well. I heard a lot about that story but not much about how it was determined to have been a hoax.

    • Right, Robert. Like mw, you have a well calibrated BS detector, and know about the Left’s hackneyed “for the children” routine.

  2. So Many of my friends & myself believe this was all FRAUD so Tima Kurdi could bring her family to Canada. The nerve to blame Canada.
    What was astonishing was in every interview Tima didn’t shed 1 tear and didn’t seem so destressed. There were so many questions that they couldn’t answer & when they did the answers were all different. Also a woman with them in the boat stated Abdullah was collecting money from them allowing people who paid on boat, than so many other stories wasn’t even there, none of what made sense.All Kurdi’s had different stories. Viewed Kurdi woman living in Turkey whereby she is speaking on an iphone (expensive) than states she has no food for her children!
    I’m not so strong, but there is no way I’d let go of my child, tie him with whatever, shirt etc. to me, anything absolutely no way would I let him go, plus he is the only survivor, I wonder if it even was his son. This is truly sad that all these Kurdi family would stoop so low. I don’t even believe Canada;s Gov’t believes their story but our Government didn’t want anyone/the world to think bad of our country because so many people are so gullible and it was a child. Muslims will do whatever, even give up their life, life of family to prove a point, look at all the self bombings throughout the world to prove what! Propaganda of using a child for Kurdi family needs is Despicable. I’m glad I read the article above since many of us feel the same way FRAUD.

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