Yusuf is a student who is also currently working for Hayrat Aid, one of Global Ehsan Relief’s international partners that is based in Türkiye. Being well-versed in English, he had been our translator during our interactions with the beneficiaries.
Yusuf shared with us the difficult situation of the Syrian refugee families - there are one million refugees in Kahramanmaras, with a total of four million refugees officially in Türkiye. Yusuf said that while the refugees are able to get jobs at times, it’s much harder during the winter season, where job opportunities are rarely available. As a result, they have no income and nothing that they could do.
These refugees are required to register their names to the NGOs so that they will be able to receive aid. He stresses that just 10 years ago, Syria was not a war-torn country, but now their people have been forced to leave their homeland unwillingly. He emphasised how GER’s continued help and donations have been a tremendous support for the refugee community there.