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Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Authority

AFAD Head Güllüoğlu visits Idlib 16 January 2018

AFAD Head Güllüoğlu visits Idlib

In order to closely monitor humanitarian activities, the head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority Mehmet Güllüoğlu and Director General of the Turkish Red Crescent visited a refugee camp in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

Mehmet Güllüoğlu said that he monitored the immigration process in Idlib with İbrahim Altan, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent.

"If the airstrikes continue, the refugee wave will continue in upcoming days because the people don't have any measures against airstrikes. As aid agencies, we try to build new camps and ramp up the capacity of existing ones," Güllüoğlu said.


“Children, elders and babies need protection and care”

Güllüoğlu stated that although the camp is not ready yet, they have accomodated a family of seven, “This family has been sleeping on the road for three days. They have five children, two of them blind. But the children’s eyes and hearts are smiling. Unfortunately they had to be sleeping on the road, because the whole world ignored them. Babies, children and elders need protection and care here.”


Camp for 3.000 refugees

Meanwhile, Altan said that 220,000 people migrated to northern Idlib after the offensive began, adding that the Turkish Red Crescent is establishing a camp for 3,000 refugees and to increase the distribution of urgent needs.

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