EU Marks World Refugee Day With A Photo Exhibition Called "It Is All Very Real"
The EU marks World Refugee Day with a photo exhibition called "It is All Very Real" in Ankara featuring 10 inspiring stories of Syrian refugees. Ambassador Mr. Christian Berger, Head of Delegation of the European Union was joined by Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry Head of External Relations Gülsüm Akbulut at the opening of the exhibition. As a major donor in the Syrian crisis across the region, the EU highlights its continuous support to help refugees who had to flee their homes and seek safety in Turkey. Working with the Turkish authorities and implementing partners, the EU is funding 72 projects under the €3 billion Facility for Refugees to reach refugees across the country.
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the EU Delegation is organising a photo exhibition called "It is All Very Real" at Cermodern, Ankara featuring 10 inspiring stories of Syrian refugees who were present at the event to share their experiences directly with participants. The Syrian Children Choir also took to the stage to perform Turkish, Syrian and European songs.
All the stories and photos are compiled in a pop-up book. Guests were also able to experience a 360 movie through virtual reality glasses, featuring the life of a Syrian family in Mardin. The life-size photos taken by Berna Çetin, pop-up book and 360 movie represent the reality of the protracted Syrian crisis but also show the real stories of the people behind the numbers.
Since 2011, 6.6 million people have been internally displaced in Syria; 5 million Syrians have fled their country and 3.5 million of them have found shelter in Turkey. Turkey has thus become the country hosting the biggest number of refugees in the world.
Ambassador Mr. Christian Berger, Head of Delegation of the European Union said in his welcoming speech: "The European Union has been working closely with Turkey since the very beginning of the crisis to shoulder this region-wide burden. The €3 billion under the Facility aims to assist both refugees and host communities in the country, providing large scale assistance in priority areas, such as health, education, socio-economic support, infrastructure and migration management. Under the Facility, 72 projects are currently on-going. The EU remains committed to assisting refugees in Turkey and the communities that host them. Have a look at the inspiring stories we compiled for you in this exhibition and remember that it is a mere fragment of a bigger story unfolding as we speak: a story of EU-Turkey cooperation."
Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry Head of External Relations Gülsüm Akbulut said in her speech:"Cooperation and partnership are of vital importance in migration issues and any effort made to this end is extremely valuable for us. EU is the biggest partner of Turkey in coping with these problems. Through its various financial instruments, the EU has been the major donor in international interventions to the Syrian crisis."
The photo exhibition will continue until 26 June at Cermodern.
The Facility for Refugees in Turkey
The European Union has been supporting Turkey in response to the refugee crisis since 2011. Initial support was in the form of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Other EU financial instruments for medium and long-term support were added later, responding to the protracted nature of the crisis. In January 2016 this support was substantially scaled up with the entry into force of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.
Through the Facility, €3 billion has been contracted to assist both refugees and host communities in Turkey, by providing assistance in key areas such as education, health, infrastructure, socio-economic development and migration management. Under the €3 billion support, 72 projects are on-going and €1.9 billion have been disbursed.
This funding comes on top of around €350 million which had been already allocated for refugee support in Turkey since the beginning of the crisis, and on top of bilateral aid provided by EU Member States.
For further information, please contact the Delegation:
Berna Çetin – Communication Officer
T +90 312 459 87 00
Miray Akdağ - Press and Information Officer
M +90 532 624 93 56 / T +90 312 459 88 77