Istanbul bears heavy burden of refugee flows

Biggest needs of Syrian refugees in Istanbul are food, baby necessities, blankets, cleaning supplies and a place to live.

Istanbul bears heavy burden of refugee flows

Since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, hundreds of Syrians have found Istanbul as a safe haven like other cities in Turkey.

Many Istanbulites come across dozens of needy Syrians in the streets of the city. Some of them have found a work to feed their families, while the others including children are begging in the avenues and sleeping on the streets.

They all have suffering and loss stories and also need money to survive but their biggest needs are food, baby necessities, blankets and cleaning supplies.

International or domestic relief organizations in Istanbul are working hard to provide assistance to them. Their attention is much more on Syrians in Turkey. Under the name of "Bread and Blanket for Syria" the organization launched a campaign to help them.

"There are many Syrian families in Istanbul. Around 40 people are living in a one small home. They don't have any heater, they cannot use natural gas. So we wanted to provide them blankets, so that they will not feel chilly." Murat Senocak, Branch Manager of Kimse Yok Mu, told Anadolu Agency (AA).

"Kimse Yok Mu" has provided 40 million Turkish lira assistance to Syrians living out of camps so far. "We continue giving food and clothes and helping them to find a place to stay," Senocak added.

People, including children individualistically also don't want to stand idly by this misery in their city.

"I think this is very logical campaign. It is very good to launch this kind of campaign. I along with my friends have brought blankets to send them," Safiye Soy, a 9 year-old student, said.

More than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced since the uprising began in Syria, according to the United Nations (UN) figures. There are over 600,000 refugees in Turkey and more than 400,000 of them are living outside refugee camps.

AA

Last Mod: 20 Kasım 2013, 15:28
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