"It Is All Very Real" Photo Exhibition
- Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:05
- Tue, 06/26/2018 - 23:59
- Other Event
"It is All Very Real"
Discover the journeys and inspiring stories of 10 Syrians in Turkey who have rebuilt their lives with EU support
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the present exhibition aims to give a face and voice to the refugee and host communities in Turkey and bring their inspiring stories to the forefront. The numbers are dizzying: more than 13 million people are currently in need in Syria. Since 2011, 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. But who are the people behind these numbers, our new neighbours in every corner of Turkey?
The stories displayed reflect the successful new start in life that refugees could make in many cases in Turkey, with the help of the host communities, authorities, and the EU; on the other hand they also showcase the exemplary cooperation between the EU and Turkish authorities. They are stories of renewal, friendship and hope – providing inspiration and enrichment.
The EU has been working closely with Turkey since the very beginning of the Syrian refugee crisis to shoulder the burden. Since 2016, assistance has been channelled through the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, as foreseen by the EU –Turkey Statement of 18 March 2016. The €3 billion under the Facility aims to assist both refugees and host communities in the country, providing large scale humanitarian and non-humanitarian assistance in key priority areas, such as health, education, socio-economic support, infrastructure and migration management. Under the Facility, 72 projects are currently providing support and assistance.
Concretely, this means that more than 1.3 million Syrians receive monthly cash assistance to be able to cover their families' basic needs, more than 200 schools are being built across the country, two new state hospitals are being constructed in Kilis and Hatay, thousands of Syrian children learn Turkish to be able to enrol in school, and thousands of refugees receive health services at the migrant health centres where Syrian doctors and nurses are employed.
The EU works together with Turkey in addressing the needs of the refugee and host communities and wishes to expresses its gratitude to all partners for the excellent collaboration.
Concept, photos and interviews: Berna Çetin