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Aunt of drowned Syrian boys continues fight to bring family to Canada

  • CORRECTS SPELLING OF GHALIB ON SECOND REFERENCE- Family friend Nissy Koye, left, places flowers beside photographs of late brothers Alan and Ghalib Kurdi and their mother displayed outside the home of their aunt Tima Kurdi, in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. The body of 3-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi was found on a Turkish beach after the small rubber boat he, his 5-year old brother Ghalib and their mother were in capsized during a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece. Abdullah Kurdi buried his wife and their two sons in their hometown of Kobani on Friday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    CORRECTS SPELLING OF GHALIB ON SECOND REFERENCE- Family friend Nissy Koye, left, places flowers beside photographs of late brothers Alan and Ghalib Kurdi and their mother displayed outside the home of their aunt Tima Kurdi, in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. The body of 3-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi was found on a Turkish beach after the small rubber boat he, his 5-year old brother Ghalib and their mother were in capsized during a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece. Abdullah Kurdi buried his wife and their two sons in their hometown of Kobani on Friday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Tima Kurdi, center right, aunt of late brothers Alan and Ghalib Kurdi, is embraced by a woman during a memorial service for the boys and their mother, as her husband Rocco Logozzo, right, stands by in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. The body of 3-year-old Alan was found on a Turkish beach after the small rubber boat he, his 5-year-old brother, Ghalib and their mother, Rehanna, were in capsized during a voyage from Turkey to Greece. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Tima Kurdi, center right, aunt of late brothers Alan and Ghalib Kurdi, is embraced by a woman during a memorial service for the boys and their mother, as her husband Rocco Logozzo, right, stands by in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. The body of 3-year-old Alan was found on a Turkish beach after the small rubber boat he, his 5-year-old brother, Ghalib and their mother, Rehanna, were in capsized during a voyage from Turkey to Greece. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Tima Kurdi, right, aunt of late brothers Alan and Ghalib Kurdi, is embraced by a woman during a memorial service for the boys and their mother, Rehanna, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. The body of 3-year-old Alan was found on a Turkish beach after the small rubber boat he, his 5-year-old brother, Ghalib and their mother, Rehanna, were in capsized during a voyage from Turkey to Greece. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Tima Kurdi, right, aunt of late brothers Alan and Ghalib Kurdi, is embraced by a woman during a memorial service for the boys and their mother, Rehanna, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. The body of 3-year-old Alan was found on a Turkish beach after the small rubber boat he, his 5-year-old brother, Ghalib and their mother, Rehanna, were in capsized during a voyage from Turkey to Greece. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

The aunt of a drowned Syrian boy whose death has sparked global outrage about the plight of refugees in Europe says she still hopes to bring the rest of her family to Canada.

Tima Kurdi said through tears outside her home in Coquitlam, British Columbia, that she plans to help her brother, Abdullah, and her other siblings immigrate to the country she made home more than two decades ago.

She says Abdullah isn't ready to leave his Syrian hometown of Kobani, where his sons, 3-year-old Aylan and 5-year-old Ghalib, and wife Rehanna were buried on Friday.

They drowned earlier this week after piling into an overloaded boat in Bodrum, Turkey, headed for the Greek island of Kos. Her brother was among the few survivors.