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Syria War: refugees at the Turkish border – I

“I’m Ridvan. I’m from Sanliurfa, Turkey.

We’re on the border between Turkey and Syria in a town called Akçakale, a Turkish village. The Syrian village on the other side of the border is called Tell Abyad.

This village is having a hard time because of the war, and many people died on the border in the last couple of years.

A house in Akçakale was hit by a Syrian bomb. Two women and three children lost their lives.

When the Syrian revolution started, terrorist groups connected to Al-Qaeda gave life to a dirty war. One of these groups, called Al-Nusra, began to attack Kurdish towns and villages, forcing people to flee the country and cross the Turkish border.

The majority of the refugees lives in the tent town, built thanks to the help of the United Nations.

Many Turkish people in this town are complaining because Syrian refugees work for very little money and make it harder for them, if not impossible, to find a job.

In Akçakale, Turkish village by the border, the area is controlled by the Turkish government. The Syrian side is controlled by fundamentalist groups and only Syrian and Arabic people can pass through.

Many trucks without license plates cross the border. No authority controls them so nobody knows what they carry to Syrian territory.

Some of the buildings on Turkish soil are used as illegal hospitals by terrorist groups, places in which they can attend to the soldiers who are wounded and get something to eat. The Turkish government helps them with food and medicines. This shows how many interests are at play in this war“.


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