Syrian family aims to cycle 1,100 km to Ankara to thank Erdoğan 'for embracing refugees'

Published 14.04.2016 20:37
Updated 14.04.2016 20:46
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A Syrian family aims to cycle to the Turkish capital Ankara to "thank President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for embracing Syrian refugees".

30-year-old Mulhem al-Said, his wife Mey Besrini, 20, their toddler Hamza and six-month-old baby Huzeyfe started pedaling from Midyat district in Turkey's southeastern Mardin province and have arrived in southeastern Şanlıurfa province.

The family fled the five-year civil war and settled in Midyat in 2013.

The distance between Midyat and Ankara is 1,100 kilometers (683 miles).

Thursday's destination was Sanliurfa and the family met officials of a religious school in Viransehir district and took thank-you letters penned by Syrian students there.

Working as a teacher in Mardin, Said said they set out to convey their wishes to Erdoğan and continued: "No country [helped] Syrians other than Turkey; we set out to show our appreciation, visiting districts and provinces and are taking demands and thanking letters from teachers and students there."

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