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AFAD Chief, UN High Commissioner Visit Gaziantep 09 February 2016

AFAD Chief, UN High Commissioner Visit Gaziantep

AFAD President Dr. Fuat Oktay joins newly-appointed UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi on his first official visit to Turkey

Gaziantep, 15 January 2016 – AFAD President Dr. Fuat Oktay received UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi at Nizip-II Temporary Housing Center in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Following an official briefing about AFAD’s humanitarian relief operations, Dr. Oktay and Mr. Grandi visited vocational training centers and an on-site kindergarten.

Noting that Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, the High Commissioner stated that he was “pleased to know that refugees will be safe here until peace arrives.”

Dr. Oktay, in turn, highlighted that AFAD provides more than basic services to the refugee community. “We hope that the Syrian civil war will end soon and people will be able to go back to their homes,” he said. “In the meantime, we need more teamwork. The international community’s contribution to humanitarian relief operations amounts to $455 million, while Turkey has spent more than $8 billion since 2011. The world needs to do more.”

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