Abdullah Kurdi and his siter Tima react in front of a Sea-Eye rescue boat named after his son and her nephew Alan Kurdi during its inauguration in Palma de Mallorca on February 10, 2019. / AFP / JAIME REINA
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A German migrant rescue ship which operates in the Mediterranean was renamed Sunday after Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach at the height of the migrant crisis, sparking global outrageKurdi paid smugglers to take him and his family from Turkey to Greece after the Turkish government would not grant them the exit visas they needed to enter Canada where Tima lives as refugees.Their September 2015 journey across the Mediterranean ended in tragedy after the flimsy inflatable boat sank in rough seas.Sea-Eye says it has saved more than 14,000 people from drowning in the Mediterranean in more than 60 missions since it started operating in 2016 .
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