Naguib Sawiris, who has urged Greece or Italy to sell him an island in the Mediterranean, announced the news on Twitter.
Should it come to fruition, 'Aylan Island' will commemorate the three-year-old Syrian-Kurd, whose lifeless body spurred as a wake-up call to the refugee and migrant crisis occurring in Europe.
Aylan and his family were among two boats of refugees who were travelling to the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish town of Bodrum. The boats sank early on Wednesday last week.
The boy's older brother Galip, 5, and mother Rihan also perished in the journey. His father Abdullah has returned to Kobane to bury his family.
Sawiris, a Telecoms billionaire who is believed to be worth $2.9billion, has tweeted his thanks for those who support his plans for the island.
Announcing the proposed name, he wrote: “I found a name for the Island ‘ILAN’ [sic] the young Syrian child thrown on Turkish shore by the sea to remind us! Now I need to find the island!”
I found a name for the Island "ILAN "the young Syrian child thrown on turkish shore by the sea to remind us ! Now i need to find the Island!— Naguib Sawiris (@NaguibSawiris) September 5, 2015
Good morning people with a conscious. thank you to all who offered to help and supported my Refugee Island idea.. May God help me realize it— Naguib Sawiris (@NaguibSawiris) September 5, 2015
And on Monday Sawiris tweeted an appeal to all volunteers wanting to help create Aylan Island to email him their proposals.
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