Daily Sabah went to a refugee camp in Şanlıurfa's Suruç, allocated entirely for Syrian Kurds. There are nearly 20,000 Syrian Kurds trying to build a new life for themselves in this temporary refugee camp. The camp has four bathrooms located 50 meters away from the tents for all to share. Some Kobani refugees arrived in Suruç during the first day of the ISIS advance while others only crossed the border two or three weeks ago.
You do not have to chase for a refugee story in Suruç since the stories find you, either in a child's eyes or from a Syrian woman who has left all her belongings and loved ones behind. Nearly all Syrian Kurds fleeing ISIS have a story to tell and they are eager to share it with the entire world.
A Syrian Kurdish refugee woman, Zegra, told Daily Sabah that she named her baby Afad. When asked why she chose this name, she said that when they managed to arrive at the Turkish border after the 14-hour journey as a pregnant woman, the Directorate of Disaster and Emergency Management agency known by its initials, AFAD, provided them with blankets and some water as aid and helped them take a deep, safe breath.
"They helped us and we want to name this [refugee] baby Afad to show our gratitude," said the father, Mohammed.
The baby slept in his cradle as proof that there is always hope for humanity even in the worst situation that a society witnesses.
Daily Sabah reporter in Suruç came across a baby girl in her mother's arms, born 15 days ago. The mother of the baby girl asked, "What is the name of Obama's wife?"
When replied, "Michelle. Why did you ask?", the mother, holding her baby girl with three others around said, "I want to name my girl Michelle, because when we heard that ISIS was only 10 minutes away from our village, the Americans bombed them."
One of her relatives continued saying that those 10 minutes gave them the opportunity to run and start their escape journey.
A 75-year-old woman, Halim, invited our reporter to her tent.
Halim said, "I wanted to go back to my country and give my last breath there."
One of Halim's children was an outlawed PKK militant who was killed while illegally crossing Turkey's border. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU for taking up arm against Turkey to carve out an independent Kurdistan in the southeast. Even though she described her son as a "member" of PKK, she did not refrain from thanking Turkey for opening its border to Syrian Kurds.
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