19 Mar 2014 04:00
On the Syrian - Turkish border near Kilis, newly arrived exhausted
refugees from Aleppo meet those who choose to go back to the war-torn
city in Syria. Because Turkey is saturated with refugees, they did not
get help, work, or a place in a refugee camp. The newly arrivals
quickly discover that Turkey can no longer host them. In cities like
Kilis and Gaziantep, unsanitary surfaces, basements and garages, are
rented to penniless refugees. After a few months in Turkey, many
refugees return to Aleppo, where at least they have a house and a family.
Newly arrived refugees, disorientated, spent their first nights in bus
stations and other public places, until they find a place to rent at
high prices from local owners. At the border, young Syrian children
work as smugglers and help for some refugees to cross the border
illegally in both directions. Those fleeing the poverty in Turkey to
return to Syria say they have lost hope in a better future. Some say
they would rather die quickly from a bomb then slowly from misery.