AMMAN (October 10, 2019) – As Turkey begins a new military operation in northern Syria, CARE is deeply concerned about the risk any escalation in violence will pose to civilians. Unconfirmed sources already point to population movements out of Syrian towns bordering Turkey.
CARE established its Turkey office in February 2013, beginning cross-border programming to address the needs of people affected by the crisis in Syria. An estimated 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria, including 7.6 million internally displaced Syrians, while four million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. In fall 2014, CARE expanded its work, responding to the emergency needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey where, according to UNHCR, at least 1.9 million Syrian refugees are living, with numbers expected to swell to 2.5 million by the end of 2015. In Syria, four out of five Syrians are currently living in poverty, more than half of them in extreme poverty. As of August 2015, CARE International in Turkey has reached close to 700,000 people inside Syria with emergency interventions, as well as longer-term recovery and resilience programming. CARE’s emergency response has been implemented in partnership with seven Syrian and Turkish organizations.
More than 1,000 children and parents from Syria and Turkey came together recently for the first Kilis Children’s Festival, organized by CARE and the Kilis municipality at the Southern Turkish town’s football stadium.
One family’s winding journey in search of safety from the conflict in Syria
‘When we first came here, I used to put my son behind on my motorbike and drive daily to the border, which is very close, to show him the Syrian flag on the other side,’ says Abu Ahmad, sitting in the small courtyard that separates his two-room home from the kitchen and bathroom cor
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