US agency for refugees praises efforts of Turkey's Kilis

US agency praises Turkish town of Kilis which has been put forward for nomination for Nobel Prize over its work for refugees

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Scores of refugee camps are seen in the image from Turkeys southern province of Kilis bordering Syria.

Updated Feb 25, 2016

The US State Department Population, Refugees and Migration Office (PRM) has praised the Turkish town of Kilis, which has been nominated for a Nobel Prize for hosting refugees from Syria.

"One Turkish town has done so much for Syrian refugees it’s up for the Nobel Peace Prize" the PRM official account tweeted, sharing a link of a story on Kilis published on the Public Radio International website, a Minneapolis-based American public radio organisation.

The article by Richard Hall praises Kilis for sharing the heavy burden of refugees as its population has already doubled from accomodating tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the war in their country.

"For most, it is a stop on a longer journey: farther into Turkey or beyond, to Europe. But for more than 100,000 Syrians, it's the final destination, or at least the place where they will wait out the war," Hall wrote in the article.

Tith a Turkish population of 129,000, the city is just a few miles from the Syrian border and is also home to about 120,000 Syrian refugees.

At least 250,000 people have been killed and 10 million displaced since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, according to UN figures.

According to Turkish authorities Turkey hosts more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees and has spent $9 billion so far on caring for those who have fled the war.

Earlier this month Justice and Development (AK) Party vice chairman Ayhan Sefer Ustun nominated the people of Kilis for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"People share their jobs, houses, trades and social spaces [with Syrian refugees]. I suppose that such an example of an act of mass peace does not exist in the world," Ustun wrote in his letter to the Nobel committee, according to the PRI article.

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