Update about Turkey’s temporary protection directive for Syrian refugees

“ Turkey has issued new regulations that grant Syrian refugees secure legal status in the country for the first time, clarifying and expanding rights for more than a million people who are rapidly assimilating into Turkish society.“

„The directive has also come under criticism for its failure to define the time frame for the temporary protection — in theory it could be repealed at any time.“

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/world/europe/turkey-strengthens-rights-of-syrian-refugees.html?_r=0

Syrian refugees in Gaziantep

After 2 weeks of winterization distribution in Gaziantep I am running out of words to describe the dire situation of so many people – and especially the hoplesness! I have visited the homes of more than 600 families – and I am shocked! Shocked about the fact that I am living in a city where the UN opened its HQ to work for the ‚Whole Syrian Response‘ accompanied by dozens of international organizations, but almost nobody seems to care about the more than 300,000 refugees around us! I am shocked that people are forced to live in places like an old shop with nothing inside – not even a toilet, and even have to pay rent for it! I am shocked that families have to send their children to work to be able to pay the rent for these terrible places! I am shocked that children are playing barefoot in rooms where the concrecte floor is wet, because the ceiling is leaking! I am shocked that disabled, old, sick, and traumatized familiymembers are spending their days in cold and dirty rooms with no more support than the family can offer! I am shocked that if you do not want to see this misery you can easily avoid it and pretend you do not know! I am shocked…and I am sad…and even more sure that I and we all have to help and support more! Support in a sustainable way. It doesn’t look likely that the war in Syria will come to an end soon, but it looks lileky that receiving funds for the Syrian Refugee Response will become harder while at the same time refugees are forced to stay here in Turkey and newcomers will arrive continously. This soes not only look like a hopeless situation, it is one! I will continue writing and talking about what I see and experience – try to rise awareness! IMG_1467

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Hilfe für Flüchtlingskinder – dringende Winterhilfe!

http://www.gew.de/Tuerkei_Hilfe_fuer_Fluechtlingskinder.html

Die türkische Lehrergewerkschaft EğitimSen unterstützt die Flüchtlinge mit Zelten, Nahrung und Bekleidung. In den Städten Batman, Şırnak, Mardin, Urfa, Diyarbakır und Antep unterrichten freiwillige Mitglieder der Gewerkschaft tausende Kinder in Zelten und Behelfsunterkünften. Das kostet Geld.

EğitimSen benötigt dringend Unterstützung, um die Flüchtlingshilfe weiter finanzieren zu können. Helfen Sie mit! Wir versichern, dass ihre Spende bei den Flüchtlingen in der Türkei ankommt – eins zu eins, ohne jeden Abzug, da die Verwaltungskosten des Heinrich Rodenstein Fonds von der GEW getragen werden.

Struggling to survive

Latest AI Report about Syrian refugees in Turkey

In my opinion it describes very well the situation many refugees have to face here in Turkey.

„Turkey is hosting at least 1.6 million refugees from Syria, of which over 220,000 are accommodated in government-run refugee camps. However, the country’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis, despite its significant resource commitments and many positive policy initiatives, is increasingly showing its limitations. In this report Amnesty International calls on the Turkish authorities to ensure safe passage for refugees from Syria. The organization also urges the international community to significantly scale up its support for refugees from Syria in the spirit of genuine responsibility-sharing.“

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/EUR44/017/2014/en/be0d18a5-dd22-463c-a6e4-4362e62a5459/eur440172014en.pdf

Thanks to wonderful people….

….food and clothes were distributed to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families. My friends and I decided to help some families in Kirikhan/Hatay whose situation is desperate. We bought food and collected clothes for around 30 families. Even though this hopefully helps them a bit I realized once again how hard life is for many refugees here and that much more support, especially sustainable strategies are needed! It was also the first time I could visit families who found shelter in an unfinished building – living between cold concrete walls with almost nothing. Meeting these families, witnessing their living conditions and listening to their stories made me particularly sad and thoughtful, but also showed me again that I took the right path coming here and being an active part in the Syrian Refugee Response. I myself can do a little bit, my friends and I a bit more…the more we get the less war-effected children, women, and men have to struggle for their lifes!

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