Oh, dear. This is inconvenient to the narrative:
An Iraqi woman who was on the same boat as Alan Kurdi, the boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach last week, says his father was in charge of the boat that capsized, drowning many of the migrants on board.
The woman, Zainab Abbas, lost two of her own children on the fateful crossing, and is now back in Iraq. She told Channel Ten news in Australia in an interview that Abdullah Kurdi was driving the boat. She also accused him of being part of a ring of smugglers who help refugees make their way to Europe.
“He was a smuggler, yes. He was the one that was driving the boat,” the woman told the channel through a translator, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph.
Abdullah Kurdi lost both his sons and his wife on the crossing and has repeatedly said he only took over steering the boat when the captain abandoned ship in rough waters.