Turkey opens largest refugee camp for Syrian refugees

Refugee and Migrant Crisis

Turkey has opened the largest refugee camp for those fleeing the devastation of Islamic State militants in the Syrian border city of Kobane. Turkey has already taken in more Syrian refugees than any other country. CCTV’s Natalie Carney reported this story from Suruc, Turkey.

Turkey opens largest refugee camp for Syrian refugees

Turkey has opened the largest refugee camp for those fleeing the devastation of Islamic State militants in the Syrian border city of Kobane. Turkey has already taken in more Syrian refugees than any other country. CCTV's Natalie Carney reported this story from Suruc, Turkey.

New arrivals stream into Suruc’s newest camp, which was set up by Turkey’s national disaster and emergency management authority.

The camp welcomed roughly 5,000 refugees in its first 10 days in operation and has the capacity to take in 30,000 more — making it the largest refugee camp in the country.

Kobane refugee Salah Yousef recently arrived with his family of seven. He has no idea what has happened to other relatives in Kobane.

“If Kobane becomes safer, we can continue our struggle, but now we have nothing,” he said.

The four-month battle for Kobane was only one in a devastating four-year civil war that has destroyed much of Syria.

Here, refugees have access to schools, sports and entertainment facilities, and free medical care. The camp also has a water purification center that pumps clean water into each of the 7,000 tents, which is an attempt at stability in a very unstable region.

Each person is given 85 Turkish Lira (roughly $35) monthly by the Turkish government. Many had been surviving on handouts until arriving here.

Many refugees said they don’t see themselves returning home any time soon, despite the liberation of Kobane last month, as the fight for the city is far from over.

ISIL still has a presence in more than a hundred villages surrounding the city, while billions are needed to rebuild it.