Camps Evacuated In Turkey

I M P O R T A N T U P D A T E

The camps we work in in Turkey are being evacuated.

For the last couple of days, police have been telling our friends in the camps that they must leave, and have started removing theirs tents without reason.

There are thousands of Syrians in the rural areas around Izmir, struggling to survive by working in the fields picking fruit and veg for local farmers at a very low wage.

They live in tent camps with some of the worst conditions we have seen to date. Our partners on the ground have been working relentlessly for months to improve conditions for the families living here, building better shelters and providing blankets, mattresses and wood-burning heaters.

Our friends have been told they are expected to rent homes in the city, but with prices extortionately high for Syrians, combined with their inability to work in Turkey, the majority are unable to afford this option.

Our amazing Kelli, working on the ground, messaged us saying how important it is to get the word out there, to write about and share this information.

That it’s like Calais all over again.

She also said:

“What most journalists don’t do is ask the people involved any questions – they want to capture the incidents, by no one is speaking out about how scared they are. One family called us yesterday asking for help. It’s so hard.”

Click here to find our more about our partners in Turkey and what you can do to help.