Suruc, Turkey, September 23, 2014 – More than 150,000 refugees from Syria have crossed into Turkey over the past four days, many arriving on foot to escape the latest round of fighting near the border. More than 60% of those who have fled are children. UNICEF teams, along with other agencies, have been at the border, providing those who are hungry and exhausted with water and high energy biscuits.
Hedle, and her one-year old daughter Shirwan walked 35 kilometers from the Kolbani region, where most of the refugees have come from. She says, “We walked in the hot sun and our children were tired. When we crossed the border we received some food. Health workers checked our children and vaccinated them.”
32-year old Halid, who travelled from the village of Eclan with his four children says, “We came here by foot. We walked for eight days and slept outside. Now we are looking for peace.” His 5-year old son Yasin smiled happily as he received his biscuits and made it clear he wouldn’t share them with anyone.
All the children crossing from Syria into the Turksih border town of Suruc have been checked by health teams at the local hospital. Injured people are receiving treatment and children have been vaccinated for measles and polio. 10-year old Hamud, who spent three days travelling from his home town of of Dareli, with nothing to eat, is asked what he needs. His immediately replies, “I just want to go back my village.”