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Press Centre (4/2014)

A visit to UNICEF School by British Ambassador


Britisih Ambassador Moore meets with Syrian students in Islahiye camp. ©UNICEF/Turkey-2014/Yurtsever
Richard Moore, British Ambassador to Turkey visited the tent city of İslahiye in Gaziantep, in which more than 10,000 Syrian refugees have been living. During the visit, Ambassador Moore was accompanied by UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban, WFP Turkey Representative Jean-Yves Lequime, AFAD and Turkish Red Crescent. 

Being informed about the tent city by camp managers, Ambassador Moore stated that an extraordinary effort was made to meet the needs of the Syrian refugees. “Right after the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, Turkish government and Turkish people responded generously and welcomed Syrian people,” Ambassador Moore said. 
 
Dr. Ayman Abulaban, UNICEF Turkey Representative said, “Turkish government and AFAD have been doing their best to host Syrian guests and meet their basic needs. We, as UNICEF Turkey Office, have been providing assistance to these efforts. We have been carrying out various activities to meet the educational needs of the Syrian children. I would like to thank British government for their generous contributions to our activities.” 
 
Ambassador Moore visited the school with 24 classrooms, built by UNICEF, located in the tent city. Having a conversation with the Syrian students, Ambassador Moore wished Syrian girls success, who expressed their desire to continue their education at Turkish universities. Ambassador Moore watched the play prepared by the Syrian student at the UNICEF’s Child Friendly Space and then gave presents to children.
 
Ambassador Moore and his retinue had also a souvenir picture taken with Syrian children. 
 
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