UKIP Candidate Says Syrian Toddler Drowned Because “His Parents Were Greedy”

B005A former UKIP candidate has taken to Twitter to argue that the three-year-old Syrian boy washed up on the beaches of Turkey this week died because “his parents were greedy”.

Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehan drowned when a migrant boat leaving Turkey for Canada sank this week.

While there has been much debate about the media sharing the image, it cannot be denied that sight of such tragedy has done much to transform attitudes about the refugee crisis. For many, but sadly, not everyone.

UKIP’s Peter Bucklitsch, who stood in Wimbledon during the 2015 general election, believes the family were simply trying to milk the European benefits system. How they could have done this from Canada, he doesn’t say.


Sadly, he is not alone. A recent YouGov poll a staggering 67% of the British public back sending the troops to Calais to stop migrants entering the U.K.

Thanks to an intransigent UK government and a largely hostile press, the British response to the crisis has been left to small start-up campaigns.

  • British group of 7 concerned citizens have raised £50,000 ($76,500) in just a few weeks to help put together aid packages for refugees in Kent.
  • Another British group set up a Kickstarter for the same purpose which has raised £41,000 ($63,000).

The petition to pressure the UK government to accept more refugees is now going viral, with almost 200,000 signatures and counting at time of writing. This should secure a parliamentary debate on the matter, but we can’t wait for parliament to get involved.

When a human crisis erupted in Europe in 1938, we were on the right side of history. Well, it’s 2015 and human crisis has arrived once more. We have the capacity to get on the right side of history again. It’s time to show the will.


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11 thoughts on “UKIP Candidate Says Syrian Toddler Drowned Because “His Parents Were Greedy”

  1. The story of one man, one family from one region of one country …

    Now multiply by thousands.

    1) Abdullah Kurdi, the father, was detained for 5 months in Air Force Intelligence in Damascus. While in detention, he was tortured and his teeth were pulled out. He had to sell his shop in Damascus in order to bribe the officers to let him out. This cost him 5,000,000 Syrian Liras (around $25,000)

    2) After he bribed his way out of jail, Abdullah fled to Aleppo with his wife and sons, Alyan and Ghalib. The situation in Aleppo became dangerous due to the constant aerial bombardment, so he fled again to Kobani, his hometown.

    3) When ISIS attacked Kobani last year, the family could no longer live in their hometown, so they fled to Turkey. Once in Turkey, the Turkish government did not provide them with assistance, so they paid almost $6,000 to secure 4 spots on a rubber dingy to the Greek island of Kos.

    4) While on the boat, rough waters caused the boat to flip. The lifejackets they were given were fake. His sons and wife all drowned in front of his eyes, in his arms.

  2. It wasn’t “a migrant boat leaving Turkey for Canada”, it was a small inflatable (or rather two inflatables), as far as I can see, leaving Turkey for the Greek island of Kos. The family’s hoped-for FINAL destination was indeed Canada, where the father’s sister lives. Also relevant information is that the family are Kurdish, which isn’t a particularly good thing to be in a somewhat racist-controlled Turkey… It doesn’t help in proclaiming an important message to get basic details wrong – that gives the enemy ammunition with which to shoot you down!

  3. Just a dreadful human being – but maybe not the biggest surprise given he’s one of those intellectually-challenged racist shithounds UKIP. The positive outcome will be that , for all this individual’s appalling cynical disrespect of the dead Kurdish toddler Aylan , his dead brother, his dead mother and his grieving father , the words of Peter Bucklitsch ( and the accompanying photos of him with Nigel Farage ) will be another nail in the coffin of the hideous, selfish, narrow-minded Ukippers. Good work Bucklitsch.

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  5. This is a typical example of someone who has no real knowledge of the situation, I have many Syrian friends, no one ever says they were poor, their economy was good, they had stable jobs, they had no desire to leave, it was a matter of life or death and most want nothing more than to return home when the war is over!

  6. Dennis smith is so right if oil or something of value to the government was at stake they would be falling over themselves to help and as for the heartless comments of that ukip mp he should be ashamed of himself but no surprise there he did stand for ukip

    • So you think the government should act against the wishes of 67% of the population? The 33% who want to help have many avenues where they can help, and some are doing. Seeing as you are in the 33%, I wonder what you are doing, apart from “shaming” the other 67% into paying for what you want.

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