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Your donations have provided emergency vouchers

Maedhbh McDonald | 01 August 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanks to your generous support, we've helped Syrian refugees in Turkey to live with dignity and to rebuild a future for themselves and their children.

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Topics: turkey, Syrian Crisis

Bridging the gap: helping Syrian children in Turkey return to school

Sadhbh Goodhue | 02 February 2017 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are not enrolled in the formal education system. With the support of the European Union, we have opened six new informal education centres in south eastern Turkey to help out-of-school children catch up.  

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Topics: refugees, turkey, education, ECHO, Syrian Crisis

Syrians in Turkey: “We just want to go home”

Anne O'Mahony | 27 October 2016 | 0 Comments

Turkey has become the world’s largest refugee host country with three million Syrians now living within its borders. What is life like for these displaced families living for years in a state of limbo? Following her visit to Turkey last week, Anne O’Mahony, Concern’s head of international programmes, reports.

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Topics: turkey

E-vouchers: a lifeline to Syrian families in Turkey

Maedhbh McDonald | 23 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Since the war erupted in Syria, almost six years ago, Syrian families have been deprived of safety, security, and in many cases, access to food and basic essentials. But thanks to our e-voucher programme, supported by ECHO, we’ve been providing families with the food and supplies they need to survive.

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Topics: syria, turkey

Bittersweet Back to School for Syrian children in Turkey

Caoimhe Gaskin | 29 August 2016 | 0 Comments

With the last schoolbook wrapped and the final layer of polish applied to new shoes, it’s finally back to school time for Irish children. It’s an exciting occasion, one that is marked by a mixture of nerves and anticipation for the coming school year. But for many young Syrian refugees in Turkey, the familiar back to school ritual has been replaced with one of protracted frustration and uncertainty for their future.

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Topics: turkey, education, children of peace, Syrian Refugee Crisis

EU providing vital support for Syrian families in Turkey

Sadhbh Goodhue | 28 July 2016 | 0 Comments

The European Union is providing millions in funding for our education and e-voucher programmes in southeast Turkey, enabling vital lifelines of support for Syrian refugee families and children in the region.

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Topics: refugees, turkey, Syrian Crisis

There are good people everywhere

Aoife O'Grady | 15 July 2016 | 0 Comments

With dark headlines dominating our newsfeeds, it’s easy to forget the many people working silently and doggedly for a more hopeful vision of the world. We recently visited Mount Merrion in Dublin where the community, particularly its children, are on a mission to support Concern’s work with Syrian refugees.

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Topics: syria, turkey, Syrian Crisis

Rebuilding bakeries in Syria

Maedhbh McDonald | 10 May 2016 | 0 Comments

In the midst of the chaos and upheaval, Concern’s Humanitarian Program & Policy Officer Abby Bruell finds herself bonding with Syrian refugees over a shared love for the humble loaf.

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Topics: turkey, Syrian Crisis

EU-Turkey deal won’t address root causes of the refugee crisis

Dominic MacSorley | 04 April 2016 | 0 Comments

The recent EU deal with Turkey regarding Syrian migrants has been met with considerable backlash from aid agencies working with refugees on the Greek islands. Many aid agencies have argued that the deal is unethical, illegal and impractical.

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Topics: syria, refugees, turkey, Syrian Crisis

School in refuge: the stories of three Syrian children in Turkey

Daniel Gray | 23 September 2015 | 0 Comments

Around 1.5 million Syrians currently live as refugees in neighbouring Turkey – half of whom are children. Struggling to find a quality education – or any education at all – these children are at risk of becoming a lost generation. Through the Children of Peace programme, Concern hopes to offer them a lifeline.

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Topics: syria, refugees, turkey, education, Syrian Crisis

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