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Syria's Orphans Stuck in Limbo
Reyhanli
By Isabel Hunter
03 Feb 2015

Reyhanli, Turkey

February 3, 2015

As Turkey’s urban refugee population skyrockets, keeping track of the most vulnerable children is becoming impossible and the risk of sexual and work exploitation is increasing. Turkey's traditionally effective orphan care system is overwhelmed and cannot cope with the burden. In such cases, adoption is often a part of the solution. However, adoption remains extremely rare for both cultural reasons and a lack of infrastructure to manage safe and secure adoptions.

Syrian NGO Maram started an orphanage to help protect some of these children. Ruba Shalish, 11, arrived to the orphanage two weeks ago. She had lived with her grandfather, 75-year-old Nadir, in his small garage-house for one year after losing both of her parents in Syria. She is happy at the orphanage and interacting very well with her friends, as shown by her confident performance in a show organized by the orphanage management. While the orphanage can take 75 children, founder Yakzan Shishakly refuses to allow them to be adopted, despite frequent inquiries, fearing that the unregulated adoption system could easily lead to human trafficking. For many, the most logical solution to the crisis is to expand the existing orphanage infrastructure. However, alleviating the growing problem remains a distant reality.

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A Dying Army, A Dying Clinic, and a D...
Reyhanli
By adrian
17 Mar 2014

In the Turkish border town of Rehyanli, sometimes dubbed the “rebel resort”, the injured and exhausted remnants of the once powerful Free Syrian Army seek medical treatment in a Syrian run clinic that itself is barely surviving.

Established by a defected Syrian Army medic, the clinic hosts both Syrian refugees and fighters injured in the war with a focus on long term rehabilitation. Amongst the patients is a young FSA fighter named Abu Djud. Abu Djud was an archaeology student from Aleppo who took up arms after the uprising began and was injured by shrapnel. He was evacuated to Dr. Rahhal’s clinic and had his leg amputated. He is now passing time in Reyhanli, waiting for his stump to heal and to buy a sports grade prosthetic leg. This story profiles the injured FSA fighters seeking treatment in Dr. Rahhal’s clinic. The stories of the once optimistic and now battered and sidelined young revolutionaries will reflect the withering of the Free Syrian Army in the face of growing radical opposition groups and an emboldened Syrian Army.

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Syria's Disabled, Forgotten Victims o...
Reyhanli, Turkey
By ejbeals
07 Mar 2014

Syria's disabled are the forgotten victims of war, but a small clinic in Reyhanli is giving some amputees new hope.

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Prosthetic Limb Center in Turkey
reyhanli
By Leyland Cecco
26 Dec 2012

A prosthetic limb center recently opened just outside Reyhanli, Turkey. The center helps those who have lost limbs in the fighting in Syria. The center manufactures high quality prosthetics on-site, assigns them to the wounded and helps with the rehabilitation process afterwards. The clinic now produces limbs with a quality that can be compared to European standards, however, none of the staff at the center have a medical background. Some of the staff are previous patients, and have been trained by teams visiting from teams that also visit Pakistan, the UK and elsewhere in Turkey. The clinic is already treating up to 10 patients a day, but there are thousands more in need. To reach them those in need, there are plans in progress to launch a mobile center that will work from inside Syria next year.

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Reyhanli Camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
15 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey | March 15, 2012
Children playing inside the Reyhanli refugee camp at the Turkish Syrian border.
70 people crossed the Turkish border from Idlib (Syria) on March 15, 2012. Refugees are being transferring to the Reyhanli camp by some Turkish Government's minibus, while others simply come walking into the camp.

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Reyhanli refugee camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
15 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey | March 15, 2012
70 people crossed the Turkish border from Idlib (Syria) on March 15, 2012. Refugees are being transferring to the Reyhanli camp by some Turkish Government's minibus, while others simply come walking into the camp.

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Reyhanli refugee camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
15 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey | March 15, 2012
70 people crossed the Turkish border from Idlib (Syria) on March 15, 2012. Refugees are being transferring to the Reyhanli camp by some Turkish Government's minibus, while others simply come walking into the camp.

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Reyhanli refugee camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
15 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey | March 15, 2012
A woman and her child living in the Reyhanli refugee camp at the Turkish Syrian border in Turkey.
70 people crossed the Turkish border from Idlib (Syria) on March 15, 2012. Refugees are being transferring to the Reyhanli camp by some Turkish Government's minibus, while others simply come walking into the camp.

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Reyhanli Refugee Camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
14 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey| March, 14.2012

Syrian refugees living in the Reyhanli refugee camp at the Syria-Turkey border. In the last 24 hours, more than 1000 people crossed the border into Turkey from Idlib, fleeing the Syrian troops' bombings.

Photographer: Hasan Yetmez(Freelance Journalist)

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Reyhanli Refugee Camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
14 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey| March, 14.2012

Syrian refugees living in the Reyhanli refugee camp at the Syria-Turkey border. In the last 24 hours, more than 1000 people crossed the border into Turkey from Idlib, fleeing the Syrian troops' bombings.

Photographer: Hasan Yetmez(Freelance Journalist)

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Reyhanli refugee camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
14 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey| March, 14.2012

Syrian refugees living in the Reyhanli refugee camp at the Syria-Turkey border. In the last 24 hours, more than 1000 people crossed the border into Turkey from Idlib, fleeing the Syrian troops' bombings.

Photographer: Hasan Yetmez(Freelance Journalist)

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Reyhanli refugee camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
14 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey| March, 14.2012

Syrian refugees living in the Reyhanli refugee camp at the Syria-Turkey border. In the last 24 hours, more than 1000 people crossed the border into Turkey from Idlib, fleeing the Syrian troops' bombings.

Photographer: Hasan Yetmez(Freelance Journalist)