After the earthquakes that struck both Türkiye and Syria on February 6 and killed over 50,000 people, millions of people are trying to piece their lives back together once again.
Help Children and Refugees in Türkiye (Turkey)
Türkiye (Turkey) continues to host the world's largest refugee population in the world. Today, as the number of people forcibly displaced by conflict continues to grow, there are 3.6 million Syrian refugees under Temporary Protection, half of which are children.
Turkey is also home to a further 400,000 refugees and asylum seekers, with the largest populations coming from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. At least 1.8 million refugees in Turkey are living below the poverty line, including 280,000 living in extreme poverty.
Save the Children has a history of working in Turkey to help provide children with access to education and to protect them from harm. We work closely with local and central authorities, partner agencies and local communities. Following the February 6 earthquakes that stuck the border of Turkey and Syria, Save the Children launched an emergency response to support the urgent needs of children and families impacted by the deadly disaster.
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Save the Children is responding with our local partners, providing urgent life-saving assistance in Turkey to children and families impacted by the deadly earthquakes. We’re planning to reach 125,000 children in Turkey.
We're distributing essentials like hot meals, clean water, tents, blankets, diapers, firewood and warm clothing
Our team of water, sanitation and hygiene specialists are helping keep children healthy and protect them from the outbreak of waterborne diseases
We're providing psychosocial support services for children, where children can participate in play-based activitie in a safe and protected space
- What is the current situation for refugees in Turkey?
- What is Save the Children doing to support unaccompanied children in Turkey?
- What emotional impact are the earthquakes taking on children in Turkey?
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Türkiye is already facing an ongoing refugee crisis, hosting up to 3.6 million Syrian refugees – many of whom are living in overcrowded and unstable accommodations.
Today, half of Türkiye’s Syrian refugees are living in a region destroyed by the recent earthquakes.Back to Top
In the aftermath of an earthquake, there is a high risk of children becoming separated from their families. Children separated from their families are at extremely high risk of emotional and psychological distress, abuse and exploitation, and other forms of violence.
Save the Children is currently coordinating with the Government of Türkiye’s Ministry of Family and Social Services who have set up family reunification and tracing mechanisms, so any child identified as unaccompanied or separated from their parents can be referred for support.
Adoption is not an appropriate response for unaccompanied children until local authorities and humanitarian agencies have exhausted all efforts to trace and reunite them with their families and extended community.Back to Top
Zehra,* a mental health officer working for Save the Children in Türkiye, explained, "The children (in Turkey) we’re speaking to are showing signs of aggression, being withdrawn, and not speaking much, while some others show the opposite: they want a lot of attention. Parents are also telling us that children are having nightmares."
In Antakya, Hatay, and remote villages hard-hit in Türkiye, Save the Children teams have set up child-friendly activities for children aged five to 12 so they have a safe place to play, learn, and express their grief and loss.Back to Top
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