Alan Kurdi-Retracing the Kurdis' journey 2 – on land and at sea - parallax 1


These maps (in the image slider above) show how, once in Turkey, the Kurdi family of four travelled from Izmer and then left to Bodrum. They then left the shores of Bodrum in a five-metre rubber boat heading towards the Greek island of Kos This three-mile mile journey was supposed to take only thirty minutes. It is popular as it is the shortest route to Europe – see the map below, a route that the Kurdi family, like tens of thousands of others in recent years, undertook in order to reach the relatively safe shorelines of Europe. The Kurdis wanted to get to Greece as a stepping-stone to Germany or Sweden (Channel 4 News, 2015 ).

Media reports suggest that they were taken to the boat where someone was waiting for them. In an interview with Paris-based Radio Rozana , Mr Kurdi reported that he paid 4000 euros – to a Turkish and a Syrian man – to be taken at midnight to the departure point, one hour away from where they were living. Bodrum city in Turkey is about this distance away from where they embarked for the Greek Island of Kos is located: See the map below (video interview with Mr Kurdi (Smith, 2015).


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