ACTNews, REYHANLI -- Quoted from Anadolu Agency website, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Wednesday (3/31/2021) said Turkey was currently hosting more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees.
"The number of Syrians under temporary protection in our country is 3,664,873," Suleyman Soylu said, addressing immigration officials in the northwestern Balikesir province at an annual evaluation meeting.
Syrian refugees in Turkey live in misery due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has left some of them laid off. They are currently cooped up, afraid of the virus, and facing prolonged starvation.
In 2019, Global Quran-ACT partner in Turkey Mustafa Kanaan said that Syrian refugees generally had difficulty getting food. Although some of them had jobs, it was not enough to buy other commodities.
“Poverty still haunts them, and their income is uncertain. Meanwhile, food is expensive, and they couldn't afford it. Many of them also cut their food costs for other necessities, depriving them of food,” said Mustafa.
At the moment of Eid ul-Adha, Indonesian benefactors through Global Qurban delivered goats to be sacrificed for 1,430 Syrian refugees in Turkey. ACT distributed Qurbani meat to Syrian families in Turkey because meat has become a food item they rarely eat.
"There is food insecurity because of the difficult conditions experienced by the refugees. The refugees' meat consumption is at least 2.5 kilograms per month for five family members," he explained.
In 2020, Global Quran-ACT Partners in Turkey also slaughtered 141 goats for qurbani. There were around 14,000 beneficiaries of the Qurbani meat from Indonesian benefactors on the Turkey-Syria border.