Five babies born in Syrian refugee camps in Turkey named ’Recep Tayyip’

Five babies born in Syrian refugee camps in Turkey named ’Recep Tayyip’

July 03, 2011, Sunday/ 11:44:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

A total of 23 babies have been born in the tent cities set up for thousands of Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey to escape a deadly crackdown by the Syrian government and five of them have been named after Turkish prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

According to data provided by the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Department, more than 15,000 Syrians have taken shelter in tent cities set up in the Yayladağı, Reyhanlı and Altınözü districts of Hatay near Turkey’s border with Syria. According to official numbers 15,228 Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey as a result of tension caused by countrywide protests and a bloody crackdown on protests by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’ administration in Syria. More than 5,000 of them have returned to Syria of their own volition. Currently, there are 10,227 Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Turkey is trying to meet all the needs of the refugees, who are referred to by Turkey as “guests” of the Turkish government. Hospital tents have been set up for the refugees in the tent cities and they have been given physicals while the injured have received treated.

According to the Anatolia news agency, 158 pregnant women are currently receiving regular checkups at medical tents in the five tent cities in Hatay. An obstetrician has been visiting them and giving them weekly physical examinations.

Two months have passed since the first group of refugees arrived in Turkey to escape President Assad’s military drive to crush protests demanding political change in a country ruled by the Assad family for the last 41 years. Twenty-three babies were born within this period, and five families have named their children “Recep Tayyip” in a show of gratitude to the Turkish prime minister for hosting them.

Some 30 paramedics in the five tent cities are providing health care for nearly 500 people a day. All measures have been taken to accommodate the refugees. In addition to accommodations, food, religious, health, translation, communication and educational services and sports equipment and facilities have been made available to anyone wishing to make use of them.

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