Abdullah Kurdi, the father of a Syrian boy who drowned while sailing to Greece from Turkey, delivered a heartbreaking Christmas message Friday.
The pictures appeared all over newspaper front pages.
In the message, which was broadcast on Christmas Day at 3:35 p.m. (U.K. time) on U.K. news Channel 4, Kurdi called for empathy and understanding for those caught up in the refugee crisis.
He said: "My message is I'd like the whole world to open its doors to Syrians. If a person shuts a door in someone's face, this is very difficult. When a door is opened they no longer feel humiliated."
"At this time of year I would like to ask you all to think about the pain of fathers, mothers and children who are seeking peace and security," he said.
"We ask just for a little bit of sympathy from you."
The message was interspersed with footage of the refugee crisis and of dangerous Mediterranean crossings from Libya to Italy and from Turkey to Greece.
Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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