“You don’t know what you have until it’s gone”
You’ve probably heard the sentence above countless times in your life, and to some degree, you think you can relate to it. For some people, this might apply in minimal ways, but for others, this phrase is representative of their whole lives.
Currently, in Turkey, there is a crackdown against innocent people for something they have no connection to. People are being mistreated, fired, and persecuted out of their homeland because of the mislead beliefs being enforced. The injustices people face today are not limited to Turkey. Wherever these immigrants attempt to escape to, these hardships follow as well. Thousands of people and their families are being forced to illegally emigrate to nearby countries, such as Greece, Georgia, and Iraq. Out of these nations, Greece has the largest population of Turkish refugees; so we would like to concentrate most of our efforts there. The most common way these refugees are escaping is by boat to Greek islands. Although there are many individuals that succeed in crossing the border, the stories of their journeys are difficult and heartbreaking.
According to the Turkey Purge, nearly 2,000 Turks applied for asylum in Greece in 2017, which is about ten times as many as the year before. Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by Erdogan’s Party against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
What Can You Do?
The lives of these refugees are constantly in danger and they desperately need our help. We need to be the hand that reaches out to them, the voice that speaks for them. When fleeing Turkey, these refugees are forced to leave all of their belongings behind, so it is up to us to provide them with all of their essential needs. As of right now, our first priority is to provide money for them so we can make this possible. Whatever we can provide has immeasurable value, so I urge all of you to contribute to our efforts here.