Syrian refugees in Turkey survive on 29 euros per month

Unregistered refugees in the street, children forced to beg

29 November, 15:47

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 29 - The approximately 200,000 Syrians living in the camps set up in Turkey along the border have to make do with 80 Turkish liras per month, the equivalent of about 29 euros, said Ankara's parliamentary human rights inquiry committee.

    Seventy liras are provided by the UN's World Food Program, the other 20 by the Turkish government. Many refugees have told the committee that the amount is not enough to eat a sufficient quantity of food on. The refugees housed in the camps no longer receive free hot meals at the canteen due to ''differences in food cultures'' said the report. According to Turkish media, the situation in the approximately 400,000 other refugees in Turkey, who are not registered and often live in the largest cities' parks or streets - there are an estimated 100,000 in Istanbul now - is even worse. Many children are forced to beg to survive and eat.

    As the cold season approaches, their living conditions are steadily worsening. (ANSAmed).

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