A few months ago I went with a Syrian friend to a local bus station where refugees were attempting to enter into Greece through the northern land border (makes sense to try to go by land instead of by small and dangerous dingy!). My friend told me that this refugee family was in Turkey with his wife 4 young children. They had been in southern Turkey for 2 years and were struggling to live and had been advised by their smuggler to keep their heads down and to not contact authorities.
They seemed totally unaware of any of their rights in the country. My friend told me just how confusing it was for them to get any answers. What rights did they have? Where could they go for medical support? Did they have access to any funding or work options on their way through Turkey? Not only could they not find answers, they were also afraid to ask.
With so many refugees in need you might be surprised to hear that very little information infrastructure is in place. There are hundreds of thousands who have questions and need guidance. Unfortunately the lack of available information is hugely apparent.
our solution: CLOSING THE GAP
After talking to this Syrian husband and wife we decided to investigate further. We interviewed refugees as to what their problems were and formulated a strategy for developing a web site.
There is a team of 6 volunteers working on this project with skills covering legal, arabic language, Farsi language and web development.