Christina Tobias-Nahi, director of public affairs and institutional funding for Islamic Relief USA, told Al-Monitor that she believed many of those seeking sanctuary in Europe are coming from refugee camps in Turkey and elsewhere and that the timing reflects both a sense of desperation on the part of the refugees and a desire to see their children receive proper education.
“The conditions are getting worse and worse [in the camps],” Tobias-Nahi said. “The kids are not in school. Families want to get their kids in school. Education is a big factor.”
“There is no question that Aylan will have saved lives and helped make other lives easier,” she added. His death “has been a galvanizing moment for people around the world and particularly for the American public.”
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