09/14/2015 02:31 EDT | Updated 09/14/2016 05:12 EDT

Tima Kurdi In Brussels To Plea For Help For Syrian Refugees

While European Union ministers meet in Brussels today to discuss the refugee crisis, a Coquitlam woman whose nephew's body washed up on a Turkish beach is there as well, calling on world leaders to do more to help.

Tima Kurdi is the aunt of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, whose image sparked global outrage about the Syrian crisis. Kurdi's two nephews and sister-in-law died after their ship capsized while the family was trying to flee Syria. Her brother Abdullah survived.

She says while it's too late for her family, there's still time to help others who are in the same desperate position and that is why she is urging leaders in Brussels to do more to help refugees fleeing Syria.

"We need action, we need to come up with a plan," Kurdi told CBC News from Brussels.

"Find a solution and make it happen. People should open their heart and help those refugees … They are desperate …They didn't flee their country because they wanted to flee. They have been forced to flee."

While the European ministers are discussing a quota system to share the burden of accommodating the tens of thousands of people crossing their borders, some European countries that have been overwhelmed by refugees have already announced plans to tighten border controls, with Austria and Hungary promising to close their borders to refugees tonight.

"I hope today the European politicians and the whole world will come up with something to deal with this, to end the war so no more people will flee their country anymore," she said.


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