Turkey creates new city for Syrian orphans.


Turkey has opened a huge centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria, the BBC reports. The complex, Orphans City, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, home environment.


They will live in 55 villas and have access to four schools, a mosque, a playground and a sports arena. The centre was built in less than two years as a co-operative project between Turkey's government and two aid groups.

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) estimates that six million children have been affected by the six-year conflict in Syria. More than 2.3 million have fled the country and are registered as refugees.

Turkey currently hosts more than 800,000 school-aged Syrian children, of whom only about 60% were enrolled in schools at the start of the academic year.

Orphans City was built with...

To continue reading