Syrian refugee children celebrate Eid in Istanbul

Children of Syrian refugees celebrate Eid al-Fitr holiday in Istanbul in special event

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A platform that roofs Syrian organizations in Turkey on Sunday held a special event in Istanbul for celebration during the Eid al-Fitr holiday for the children of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

The event which was organized by the platform for the children was held at Cukurcuma Park in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district.

Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, is celebrated the next three days following Ramadan.

The children were accompanied by their families, teachers, volunteer sociologists and psychologists associated with the platform.

The head of the Syrian Associations Platform Mehdi Davud said the event was specifically organized for the Syrian orphans to heal their wounds during the holiday.

Noting that another purpose of the event was to merge the families of children as well, Davud said, “We will be distributing toys to children and we wanted to raise the voice of children here.”

“The children here could overcome the trauma of war behind with the help of us and the Turkish public,” he said.

The kids at the event said they missed back home and expressed their appreciation of Turkey’s help.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Turkey, which has opened its doors to Syrian refugees in 2011, has 1.7 million refugees living in Turkey, providing assistance at over 22 camps.

The children make up half of the Syrian refugees in Turkey.

According to the UNHCR, Turkey sheltered the largest number of refugees in the world in 2014. 

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