BY the time the world met three-year-old Alan Kurdi, it was already too late.

His lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, he became the symbol of a refugee crisis spiralling desperately out of hand.

Yesterday the Syrian Kurd was laid to rest with his five-year-old brother, Galip, and mother Rehan by his father Abdullah, the only member of his family to survive their tragic bid for sanctuary.

The family were living in Turkey when they paid for passage to the Greek island of Kos in a small dinghy which overturned in high waves after the captain escaped.

Yesterday the three members of one family were buried in the war-torn country they had fled.

Sulieman Kurdi, an uncle of Abdullah, told reporters his nephew will never again leave the country, saying: “He only wanted to go to Europe for the sake of his children.

“Now that they’re dead, he wants to stay here in Kobani next to them.”

Scores of mourners gathered at Martyrs Cemetery in Kobani as Abdullah placed his sons’ bodies into the earth.

He said: “I have no future any more. My future is gone.”

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