Drowned Syrian Refugees Laid to Rest in Hometown

The father of 3-year-old Aylan and 5-year-old Galip laid them to rest.

Abdullah Kurdi returned to his hometown of Kobani for the burials and now has no plans to leave.

The Kurdi family's plight gained international attention after a haunting photo was shared showing Abdullah's 3-year-old son Aylan lying face down in the sand and being carried off by a police officer.

Dozens of friends, relatives and members of the media attended the burial ceremony.

Abdullah Kurdi was pictured holding the wrapped bodies of his sons.

At a later moment, he addressed the crowd, telling the story of the fatal journey.

"He only wanted to go to Europe for the sake of his children," his uncle Suleiman Kurdi said, according to The Associated Press.

"Now that they're dead, he wants to stay here in Kobani next to them," Suleiman Kurdi said.

The decision to stay in Kobani is in keeping with what Abdullah Kurdi said earlier, when he was interviewed while still in Turkey.

"Now all I want to do is sit next to the grave of my wife and children," Abdullah Kurdi said, according to the AP.