Aunt of Two-Year Old Syrian Refugee Alan Kurdi who died fleeing Syria to Speak

The civil war in Syria has spawned a refugee crisis with global impact. Perhaps no image shocked the world more than the September 2, 2015 image of two-year-old Alan Kurdi’s body washed ashore in Turkey.  The Kurdi family were Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country who hoped to gain refugee status in Europe.

Tima Kurdi, Alan’s aunt, will speak about the tragedy and loss at The Boy on the Beach, sponsored by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange), on February 7, 2019 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Navesink rooms in the Student Life Center.

Ms. Kurdi will discuss how Alan’s death affected his family, the refugee community and the world. Her book, The Boy on the Beach, will be available for purchase and signing.

The event is open to the public with a $10 admission charge. It is free to Brookdale students and Chhange members. Parking Lot #7 is closest to the event location. Guests are asked to register for the event at or may contact Chhange at 732-224-2616 or via email at

Photo Caption: Tima Kurdi with her book, The Boy on the Beach