Turkey: 'The smallest sound frightens orphaned Syrian refugees'

The conflict in Syria has displaced millions of civilians and killed hundreds of thousands of people. At least 50,000 orphaned children have escaped to Turkey, where some are cared for by charities.

by

    The conflict in Syria has displaced millions of civilians and killed hundreds of thousands of people.

    Almost one million children have been left without parents, according to aid agencies.

    At least 50,000 of them have escaped to Turkey, where some are cared for by charities.

    “The smallest sound or movement gets them fearful and frightened. When that happens some of them want to leave immediately,” says Hatice Okur, a volunteer at an orphanage.

    Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from Akcakale, Turkey.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.