Reading and writing about the Syria crisis day-in and day-out largely in terms of geopolitics, it can be easy to lose sight of the grievous human toll extracted by this brutal conflict. Stories like this one, describing the plight Syrian refugee children living in Turkey, help correct that blind-spot:
The biggest ethnic group among those who leave for Turkey are Sunni Arabs, who cannot speak Turkish to find a job.On Tuesday, heavy rain hit İstanbul, making it impossible for Syrian refugees to remain in parks. In İstanbul’s Şirinevler neighborhood, for instance, an İHA correspondent photographed several Syrian children, some of whom even lacked shoes and were living under a small tent made of plastic bags.A recent poll conducted by the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples (MAZLUM-DER) places the number of Syrian refugees in İstanbul at around 100,000. Most of them don’t have passports or any other identification, making it impossible for Turkish authorities to place them in refugee camps.
Organizations like the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, International Medical Corps and International Orthodox Christian Charities are all doing good work to help refugees of the Syria crisis. As you sit down with your families to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, consider making a donation.