"If a person shuts the door in somebody's face, this is very difficult. When a door is opened, they no longer feel humiliated," says Kurdi, who lost another son and his wife the day his toddler died.
"We Syrians leave our country due to war; we are all afraid for our children, for our honor," he says. "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."
Kurdi, a barber from the Syrian city of Kobani, said the family had hoped to go to Germany or Sweden via Greece. They were only in the boat for four or five minutes before it capsized.