Turkey's Syrian refugee camp is "perfect"

Friday, February 14, 2014

The New York Times reporter describes Turkish refugee camp for Syrians as a “perfect refugee camp

The New York Times reporter describes Turkish refugee camp for Syrians as a “perfect refugee camp".

ANKARA - The conditions in one of Turkey's 22 camps for Syrian refugees was praised in a New York Times (NYT) article published on Thursday.

The NYT's Mac McClelland stayed for four days in Kilis and interviewed the refugees living in Kilis Oncupinar Accomodation Facility as well as officials working there.

McClelland says the refugees in the camp, which hosts Syria’s 14,000 displaced in Turkey’s border city Kilis, live in relatively better conditions in comparison to the refugee camps in Jordan where “violence and suffering” await the residents.

A Polish diplomat, quoted in the NYT article, described Kilis as “the nicest refugee camp in the world” and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) accepts that the standards of the camp is “exceptionally high.”

Though many of the containers used as housing are overcrowded, most of the residents interviewed in the article describe it in glowing terms. The provision of bathrooms, kitchens, TVs and playgrounds meant one camp resident, Rouba Bakri, called it "perfect".

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