Abut 90% of Syrian refugees in Turkey live in the outskirts of urban areas. Hadige’s family settled outside Sanliurfa, south-east Turkey 3 years ago. They come from Damascus.
Hadige is a mother of 3, her husband has a chronic heart disease and he has to take lifelong medication. The family received the ESSN debit card a couple of months ago. The card is part of a EU-funded project to support refugees in Turkey. The family receives 120 Turkish liras (28 euros) per person per month. This money can be used for their primary needs, not only food.
“We had to leave Damascus and we reached Kobane, where we stayed for one year and three months” – explains Hadige. “Then Kobane was attacked by Daesh, there was crossfire all around us, so we had to leave. Life is really expensive here. Every day we think that if we leave this house, that a cousin has given us for free, we wouldn’t know where to go. Especially as my husband is sick, so he cannot work. We have no idea of what will be of us in the future, considering also that the attitude of locals towards us (refugees) is getting worse. If it will be decided that we will have to leave Turkey, we have no idea of where to go. “