New York, London, Paris mayors make case for accepting refugees

By Akram Malik

ANKARA, May 22 (APP): As the first ever 2-day World Humanitarian Summit opens in Istanbul on Monday, 2.7 million Syrian refugees, living in Turkey have their sights set on the world leaders for taking solid steps for their return home and an end to their agony of living away from the family.

Turkey which has spent $ 10 billion on their wellbeing since 2011 and educating over 75 thousand children in their own language and curriculum, is hosting the Summit from May 23-24 to bring spotlight on the humanitarian crisis – with no end in sight to the raging Syrian conflict.

They were given “all services as we consider them our guests under temporary protection,” said Vice Governor of Gaziantep city Halil UYUMAZ while briefing a group of journalists from Asia-Pacific before they were herded to NIZIP camp – just 45 km away from the Syrian border in Northern Turkey.