“There is nowhere to bury people in Aleppo anymore. The public gardens are all full of bodies.” A
Syrian doctor told my colleague and me this when
we met him in Turkey a few weeks ago. He described his life in a Syrian
village during the months before he fled. He stayed as long as he could
to help with the enormous medical needs, but in the end, the targeting
of hospitals, doctors, and patients finally forced him to leave.
The southeast provinces of Turkey, on the Syrian border, are home to
hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Most of these refugees are struggling to get by and trying to avoid having
to go into a camp. The Turkish government is in the process of
registering Syrians, but those who have not yet become “official” are
not eligible for government assistance.
In September 2013, fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a Muslim rebel group in the port city of Zamboanga on Mindanao forced 120,000 people - primarily minority Muslims - to flee. More than a year later, tens of thousands remain displaced, living in deplorable conditions.
Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
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