World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has committed to giving $2.5 billion in humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees in the past three years. The United Nations, the European Union and the United States have only channelled $200 million.
According to data from Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) Presidency the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has exceeded 714,000. 70% of the refugees are women and children.
Currently, there are just under 215,000 Syrian refugees living in 22 camps across the southeastern provinces including Gaziantep, Hatay and Malatya. Up to 50,000 students from kindergarten all the way up to high school are continuing their education in "container classrooms" based within the camps. They have been set up so they can continue studying. Over 10,000 Syrians are taking vocational classes including carpet weaving, hairdressing, I.T and art. The refugees are also learning Turkish. So far, over 30,000 Syrians have completed their courses successfully and received their certificates.
AFAD President Fuat Oktay said health services have not been forgotten. A team of specialists and other medical staff are on duty 24/7 at the field hospitals based in the camps. The humanitarian aid offered to Syrian refugees does not only aim to provide a secure environment for people fleeing from the war. Oktay claimed "Through the education offered on camps, we are teaching children not the language of war, but of knowledge. .The humanitarian relief provided by Turkey will contribute to establishing a neighboring country where stability and brotherhood prevail."Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2014, 16:49