‘The crisis levels everyone’

Children without warm clothes in the winter; women left to fend for themselves as their husbands work at half the local pay. For 2.2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, it's a lost generation.

By TAMAR DRESSLER
January 21, 2016 13:58
Syria crisis

An elderly Syrian women sits outside a mosque in Suleymaniye, begging for money from passersby. (photo credit: TAMAR DRESSLER)

 
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Aisha, an 11-year-old Syrian girl, pockets the change she managed to beg from passersby on the street in Istanbul. Temperatures are around 5°C and Aisha is dressed in a ragged oversized coat, sandals and socks.

She’s one of the tens of thousands of refugee children who are forced to help their families by working or begging while they wait to make the crossing to Greece. And it is a long wait, up to two years according to NGOs working among the migrant community in Turkey.

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