By Ayberk Yurtsever
Gaziantep, Turkey, February 7, 2014 – Footballers from Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs took to the playing field this week to show their support for refugee children from Syria who are living in camps in Turkey.
The game, organised by the two football clubs and UNICEF Turkey , took place at Gaziantep Şehit Kamil Ocak Stadium. During the ceremony, footballers from the two teams entered the stadium hand-in-hand with children from both Syria and Turkey as a show of solidarity. The visiting team, Besiktas, carried a banner bearing the words, “Syrian Children Need Your Support”.
UNICEF Turkey’s Representative, Dr. Ayman Abulaban said, “This event is crucial in highlighting an issue which has gone unnoticed to the public. The entrance, hand-in-hand, of the footballers with children from Syria and Turkey is symbolic of the strengthening friendship between the two countries.”
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled across the border to Turkey to escape the conflict. UNICEF Turkey is supporting Syrian children in the areas of education, child protection, health and nutrition.
All images © UNICEF/Turkey2014/Kamuran Feyzioglu