This is his story
A few years ago, I was a dedicated athlete and a university Law student with a bright future. Since I fled from Syria with my family ten months ago, I have been living as a refugee in the city of Urfa in the south of Turkey. One of my older brothers, Mazen, was shot in the neck during the conflict and was paralyzed. Another seven family members and I take turns looking after him in an apartment which is in a poor state found in the winding streets of the ancient city. With my history as a sportsman, I found my first work in a sports centre. My monthly salary of 250 dollars covered the rent and left a small amount to buy food for the family. But then I lost my job. For weeks now I have been exploring markets, businesses and shops in search of some type of work. I am only one of the Syrian refugees that live in the ancient city. The Turkish authorities have registered some 46000 refugees and estimate that there could be another 20000 who are unregistered. The sum of these figures equates to more than 10% of the population of Urfa. According to the government, in Turkey there are 200,000 Syrian refugees living in campsites while more than 460,000 live in urban areas. When we arrived, the Turkish people were very generous. We did not have any more clothes than what we were wearing. Praise be to God, they helped us.