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UN visits Syrian refugees


Despite the Syrian government’s recent announcement that it is safe for refugees to go home they continue to pour into Turkey.

Ten thousand is the latest estimated figure.

The media has been allowed access into the camps for the first time where the aid agencies provide the basic human needs – food, shelter and medical care.

On Saturday the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, visited one of the camps. The organisation praised Turkey’s handling of the situation and promised more support should the situation escalate. Their representative in Turkey is Carol Batchelor,

“We hope that this displacement will be a short-term one but the very clear message that we have seen first-hand here today, is that there is preparedness, and we will work closely with Turkey to ensure that whatever the future unfolds, however many numbers might need to come, that we will be prepared and we will be able to extend protection to those in need.”

Defending the restricted media access the UN said there are many refugees who don’t want their identities publicly known and therefore don’t want to be filmed.

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