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Missionaries in Turkey report that about 60% of children born in refugee camps are physically or emotionally disabled. Turkey has registered 3 million Syrian refugees and currently is host to the most refugees globally. These children living in cramped quarters often have little or no access to medical care. Even when they can access medical care there is a language barrier and doctors end up prescribing the wrong medicine. These children bear massive invisible scars from the war with most having witnessed a death in the family and more than half displaying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Syrian children refugees are experiencing a mental health crisis, this tragedy must be ended by stopping the toxic stress of constant bombardment of civilian areas and reaching everyone with life-saving aid and psychological support.    

07/11/2017 Turkey (Gospel Herald Ministries) – The director of a ministry in Turkey estimated that 60 percent of Syrian refugees born in Turkey in the past three years are physically disabled, and about 10 percent are emotionally impaired — some to the extent that they cannot talk. Reuters

A staggering 60 percent of Syrian refugees born in Turkey in the past three years are physically disabled, and about 10 percent are so emotionally impaired they are unable to talk, a missionary working in the country has revealed.

The head of an indigenous ministry Turkey recently told Christian Aid Mission the story of Ali, a 3-year-old boy from Syria who cannot walk or talk. Doctors do not know the source of his disability. However, they believe it could stem from the fact that Ali, like thousands of children, was born in a refugee tent to malnourished parents with little access to medical care.

Still living in a makeshift tent camp in southern Turkey, Ali now relies on his 12-year-old sister and stepfather to take care of him. His father was killed in Syria’s civil war, and after Ali’s mother remarried, she “lost her mind and disappeared,” the ministry director revealed.

“She lost her mind because of her husband being killed,” he said. “So she left the children, and nobody knows where she is.”

Since Syria’s civil war began six years ago, Turkey has registered three million Syrian refugees, and continues to host more refugees globally than any country in the world, according to Human Rights Watch. Since then, 200,000 Syrian babies have been born in refugee camps in the country, the United Nations estimated. The ministry director told CAM that 60 percent of Syrian refugees born in Turkey in the past three years are physically disabled, and about 10 percent are emotionally impaired – some to the extent that they cannot talk.  

 

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