WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ali Cinar, President of the Turkish Heritage Organization, issued this statement following U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s visit to a Syrian refugee camp today in Turkey.
“Ambassador Haley witnessed today a fact Turkey has long acknowledged: the largest concentration of the Syrian diaspora now calls Turkey home. This population has endured barrel bombs and bullets, escaping unimaginable suffering and an uncertain future. A lost generation of Syrian youth are growing up in Turkish refugee camps who suffer from depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other severe mental health needs. Turkey has an obligation to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, but for too long, the international community has only pledged aid, but failed to deliver it. Ambassador Haley has already demonstrated an uncanny ability to successfully shake up the United Nations bureaucracy, and her remarks in Turkey reflect that a new approach to the refugee crisis is long overdue.
Ambassador Haley deserves praise and support for her courageous dedication and bold vision. Development assistance to Turkey is necessary to help build schools, roads, housing, a healthcare system, and other urgent infrastructure for Syrian refugees who sadly cannot return home for the foreseeable future. We must accept the fact that the Syrian refugee crisis is a long term challenge requiring ongoing international support, and that Turkey will be playing a vital role in alleviating this tragic humanitarian crisis.”