Syrian refugees treated in Turkish makeshift clinics

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Syrian refugees treated in Turkish makeshift clinics

Syrian refugees treated in Turkish makeshift clinics
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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says at least 138,000 people, mostly Syrian Kurds, have flooded into Turkey after fleeing ISIL extremists in Syria.

Many are in desperate need of medical treatment.

Voluntary groups are doing their best to help. But it’s not easy.

“We don’t have enough medicine, explained volunteer Dr Ahmet Aslan. “We lack equipment for first aid. We are trying to serve our people with limited resources. People wounded at the Syrian border are coming in.”

Seventy medical professionals volunteer in one makeshift clinic. They treat around 250 people every day, mainly woman, children and the elderly.

Stressed mothers have stopped producing milk to feed their babies.

Another volunteer, Sehuuz Alma, said: “We have asked pharmacies and medical depots to help us. Not only medicine. People sleep outside. Babies, children. They need pillows, blankets. They need warmer places. As you see we are struggling in the name of humanity.”

The people waiting in line outside the clinic are mainly women and children. Young men have been treated for open wounds, but have returned to the battleground to fight against ISIL militants.

Our euronews correspondent Bora Bayraktar reported from Soruç, Turkey.

“A long and difficult journey, being forced to live together under hard conditions and the risk of illness. The Kurdish refugees who fled from the threat of ISIL have health problems too. They rely on the support of these volunteers.”