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Alan Kurdi, the German rescue ship to totem refugee child named

The image of a in September 2015 on a Turkish Stand the washed-up child's body shocked the world - now the father of three-year-old Syrian-Kurdish refugee boy has been baptized by a German rescue ship in the name of his son: "Alan Kurdi". The ceremony took place on Sunday in the port of Palma de Mallorca, such as the organization of Sea-told Eye, of the now umgetaufte, former research vessel "Professor Albrecht Penck".

"We are happy that a German rescue ship will carry the name of our young. My Boy on the beach must never be forgotten,“ said the father of Abdullah Kurdi in advance. "Our pain for the loss of my wife and my sons share many of the thousands of families who have lost sons and daughters in such a tragic way." The little Alan was drowned three years ago with his brother Ghalib and mother Rehana Kurdi in the Mediterranean sea. The bodies were washed up on the coast of Bodrum.

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"With the name "Alan Kurdi" we want to remember vividly, what it is really and in itself should go (...): It's about people who drown every day in the Mediterranean sea and the infinitely ongoing pain of the families", emphasized Gorden Isler, spokesman of the Sea-Eye. At the christening ceremony, representatives of the Balearic government, as well as the Muslim community took part. The Bishop of Mallorca, Sebastián Taltavull Anglada, blessed the "Alan Kurdi". The ship is under his old name since the end of 2018 for the 2015 Organisation founded in use. (dpa)

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