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Nobel Peace Prize laureate visits Syrian refugees

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate visits Syrian refugees


Residents of a tented refugee camp on Turkey’s border with Syria had a surprise visit from a Nobel Peace prize winner on Sunday.

Yemeni activist Tawakul Karman, a key figure in last year’s uprising against President Saleh, spoke to several families living in makeshift conditions in the Hatah camp.

Karman, who has been dubbed the “Mother of the Revolution” told refugees who have come from Syria’s Idlib province that they would get their freedom soon.

Karman, a mother of three, was a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the first time an Arab woman has won the accolade.

Officials said over the last few weeks, the number of Syrians crossing the border into Turkey has increased dramatically.

One option Turkey is considering is the creation of a buffer zone inside Syria to protect civilians from the government’s bloody crackdown on an internal uprising, which has just crossed the one year anniversary.

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