Turkish prosthetic center gives hope to Syrian refugees

By Cem Genco, Satuk Bugra Kutlugun

HATAY, Turkey 

A prosthetic center in southern Turkey is giving hope to Syrian refugees, who lost their limbs during the ongoing civil war in their country.

The center, which opened in 2013 in Hatay province’s Reyhanli district in coordination with European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and Relief International, has so far treated nearly 5,300 Syrians.

Working with the latest technology, such as hydraulics and air pressure, the center is putting smiles on the faces of Syrian refugees, according to Raed al-Masri, the center’s head official.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, al-Masri said Syrians were being taken care of “for free with the help of European agencies”.

“So many people were left disabled because of the civil war,” he said. “We are trying to become a hope for them.”

Al-Masri said around 5,300 Syrians, including 1,000 children, had been treated at the center so far, where a total of 20 people, including Turkish and Syrian citizens, are currently working.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in 2011. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict and millions more displaced, according to the UN.

Turkey currently hosts more than 3 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world. The country has spent $30 billion from its own national resources for helping and sheltering refugees since the beginning of the war.

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