The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached 1.6 million, Fuat Oktay, director general of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, said Monday.

"There are 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey as of today. The number of [refugees] from Kobani is 180,000 and this flow continues,” Oktay is quoted as saying by the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Oktay noted that no other country has provided this much help to refugees from Syria. More than 20 refugee camps have been set up in ten Turkish provinces, where displaced persons are provided with shelter, food and medical care, and children are able to attend school. However, only a fifth of the Syrian refugees are staying in these camps.

Turkey has spent some $4 billion on aid to displaced persons from Syria. Local authorities have declared an open door policy, though some Turkish cities have seen protests over the influx of Syrian refugees.

Syria has been torn apart by civil war for more than three years. The Syrian Army is fighting multiple rebel groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which for the past several weeks has besieged Kobani, one of the largest towns in the Kurdish region of Syria bordering Turkey.


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the kurdish city of kobanê in western kurdistan (northern syria) is under increasing pressure of being invaded by ISIS, or the islamic state of iraq and syria (also known as IS or ISIL).

kobanê (ayn al-arab in arabic) is a strategic location placed on the border of turkey because the border actually slices the city in half. there is a turkish side (ceylanpınar) and the syrian side (kobanê/ayn al-arab).

surrounded by a high powered, extremely rich terrorist group who is increasing in numbers by the day, the kurdish forces continue to struggle. the ypj (women’s protection unit) is the main coalition protecting kobanê from the invading ISIS members. a commander decided to suicide bomb an ISIS tank because she knew it was the only way to prevent the city from being taken over.

the kurds are working on determination and passion for their country. their weapons are decades older than those of ISIS. when the kurds say they need western help, they mean they need weapons. just weapons, not man power.

over 200,000 kurds have spilled across the border into turkey with about 3,000 fleeing into the KRG. resources are sparse;the weather is hot. it is not a good thing to be a refugee in kurdistan during the summer because the summer can kill you.

on top of resources being sparse, the turkish government along with some european countries (germany being one of them) has been sending refugee relief groups moldy, expired canned foods. the turks started handing out extremely moldy bread which was a flashback to when the turks handed out poisoned bread and food to kurdish refugees back in 1988.

thousands have died. hundreds are being forced to turn back from where they came because turkey refuses to leave the border open. it wasn’t even open until the first week of october when massive kurdish protests forced the turks to change their mind and allow the refugees to flow in. but just because they are within turkish borders, they are not safe. the refugees are being shot with water cannons and tear gas. an old refugee was shot and killed by the turkish army for moving too fast. they are shooting at anyone who tries to cross the border into syria to help kurdish forces but allow potential ISIS fighters to cross into syria with help.

the kurdish people need your help. WE need your help to spread the word around that turkey is an instigator and that it is the main culprit to why this has gotten out of hand. they have taken no side but their indifference has allowed ISIS to grow uncontrollably.

we need YOUR help to spread the word about what is happening to the kurds because no news station cares about us enough to discuss our casualities. WE NEED YOU to keep everyone informed. if you need more clarification on what is happening, just check out this poorly written post about kobane and why you should care about it.


50 million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than 3 million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighboring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. Melissa Fleming of the UN’s refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps are healing places where people can develop the skills they’ll need to rebuild their hometowns.


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Today alone, 32,000 people will be forced out of their homes.

There are 50 million refugees in the world today — the highest number since WWII. Many risk their lives taking overcrowded boats or walking for hundreds of miles to cross borders. Melissa Fleming of the UN’s refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps help people thrive, not just survive. “The victims of war can hold the keys to lasting peace,” she says, “and it’s the refugees who can stop the cycle of violence.”

Watch her powerful talk on people living in exile »


Syrian refugees

Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants.

The masses fleeing the brutal offensive by the Islamic State group on the city of Kobani, looming just across the border from Turkey, are part of a wave that has reached 150,000 people since Thursday. Turkey had taken in well over a million Syrian refugees from the 3 ½-year-old conflict already before the latest wave, but this influx is the largest yet, according to the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR.


(Photos by REUTERS/Murad Sezer, AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic, REUTERS/Murad Sezer, AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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