Turkey opens 'city' for orphans of the war

Turkey has opened a vast centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria. The complex, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, home environment.

According to BBC’s article Syria conflict: Turkey opens 'city' for orphans of the war, the children will live in 55 villas and have access to four schools, a mosque, a playground and a sports arena. Another 5,000 children not living in Orphans City will reportedly benefit from services and facilities at the complex.

The centre was built in less than two years as a co-operative project between Turkey's government and two aid groups. The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) estimates that six million children have been affected by the six-year conflict in Syria.

More than 2.3 million have fled the country and are registered as refugees. Turkey currently hosts more than 800,000 school-aged Syrian children, of whom only about 60% were enrolled in schools at the start of the academic year. Orphans City was built with the help of the Turkish pro-government IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation and Qatar's Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF). Its website says it aims to help rehabilitate the "war-related psychological problems and traumas" of Syrian orphans, particularly those living on the streets. Eighteen children will live in each two-storey villa along with a "caretaker" and will study at the two primary and two secondary schools built inside the complex.

1245 views


More Turkey News

Turkey rejects appeal against ban on Booking.com

Turkey rejects appeal against ban on Booking.com

Turkish court has rejected online travel agent Booking.com's appeal against a ban on its activities, broadcaster NTV and the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper reported. An Istanbul court banned Booking.com on March 29 for an …

Main issues of NATO summit in Brussels

Main issues of NATO summit in Brussels

German–Turkish relations, the Americans rely on the Kurds, the Europeans do not want to pay

 Authorities warn of possible terrorist attack in Ankara

Authorities warn of possible terrorist attack in Ankara

The governorate of the Turkish province of Ankara has warned of a possible terror attack in the country’s capital. The governorate noted that terrorists may hit citizens’ rallies, and in this regard it has banned holding any …

 Merkel and Erdgoan to discuss Incirlik airbase in Brussels

Merkel and Erdgoan to discuss Incirlik airbase in Brussels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she is going to "clearly indicate" in talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Germany will leave the Incirlik airbase if German lawmakers are now …

 Two Turkish servicemen killed in Agri

Two Turkish servicemen killed in Agri

Two Turkish soldiers and a policeman have been killed in two separate clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in eastern Turkey, security sources said. Early on Thursday, PKK fighters opened fire in a mountainous area of …

Moscow allows supplies of Turkish vegetables to Russia

Moscow allows supplies of Turkish vegetables to Russia

Turkish products will be supplied to the Russian market immediately after the politically motivated trade restrictions are lifted, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) …

Erdogan: NATO should give more support to member states in their fight against terrorism

Erdogan: NATO should give more support to member states in their fight against terrorism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will have a packed schedule during a visit to Brussels, where he will attend a NATO summit, and reiterate Turkey's determination to seek support and cooperation from …

Erdogan: Turkey highly appreciates Azerbaijan’s achievements in all areas

Erdogan: Turkey highly appreciates Azerbaijan’s achievements in all areas

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Your Excellency …

Angela Merkel-Tayyip Erdogan meet likely at NATO summit

Angela Merkel-Tayyip Erdogan meet likely at NATO summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a NATO summit tomorrow in Brussels, her spokesman said, Zee News reported. "It is quite likely …

Turkey limits imports of all Russian agricultural products

Turkey limits imports of all Russian agricultural products

Turkish exporters decided to limit the import of all types of Russian agricultural products to 20-25% of the total volume of imports, the member of the Management Board of the Istanbul Association of Exporters Zekeriya Mete …

more Turkey News