Turkey Urges World to Play its Part in Helping Syrian Children

Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya has called on the world to play its part in helping Syrian children.

“Children should have a right in the decision-making process about their own future,” said Sayan Kaya at the 18th National Children Forum in the Turkish Parliament on Nov. 20

She called on the EU to keep the promises it made to Turkey on Syrian refugees, reminding that Turkey has so far received only 800 million euros ($943 million) of aid from the European bloc.

The deal included a 6 billion euro ($7.07 billion) aid package to help Turkey care for millions of refugees in the country in exchange for blocking unregistered migrant flow to Europe and a visa-free travel right to Turks, which does not seem possible in the near future.

“I want to say once again that all children in the world have the same rights, all children have the right to live in equality, while hoping that the wars in the world end as soon as possible,” the minister said.

Turkey hosts some 3 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world. The country has spent nearly $25 billion helping and sheltering refugees since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

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