A documentary film highlighting the scale of the Syrian refugee crisis was screened on Wednesday in Turkish capital of Ankara. The event was organized by the office of the Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu.
The film, titled “Escape to Freedom,” begins with the story of a Syrian refugee, Ali Sahu, who lost his wife and children after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea.
During the event, an overview of services and aid offered to Syrian refugees in Turkish camps was presented by head of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Fuad Oktay, Director of the Turkish Red Crescent, Mohammad Gullo, and head of the Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), Bulent Yildirim.
The film sheds light on the plight of Syrian refugees who have escaped a fierce war waged on them by the Assad regime and now live in difficult conditions in refugee camps, and where a large number of them face death at sea as they try to reach Europe.
The event was attended by Turkey’s First Lady, Emine Erdoğan, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Lutfi Elvan, and Minister of Family and Social Policy, Sema Ramazanoğlu, as well as others Turkish officials.
In a speech after the show, First Lady Emine Erdogan, said she was deeply moved by the film. She also said that warplanes have filled the Syrian skies instead of children kites, and the smoke of gunpowder in Damascus, Aleppo and Kobani (Ayn al-Arab in Arabic) replaced the colors of the rainbow. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Anadolu Agency)