Turkey builds first 2-story container refugee camp
by Anadolu Agency
KILIS, TurkeyFeb 19, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Anadolu Agency
Feb 19, 2016 12:00 am
Turkey has prepared the first two-story container homes for refugees at a camp in the south-central province of Kilis in anticipation of a fresh influx of people fleeing from a nearby Syrian town, a provincial deputy governor has said.
The Kilis Öncüpınar refugee camp, established in 2012, already hosts more than 13,000 people.
"We have 1,000 two-story container homes ready right now, and 248 more such houses will be prepared within two weeks," Mustafa Ünver Büke, Kilis's deputy governor and refugee camp director, told Anadolu Agency in an interview Wednesday.
"The two-story container refugee camp is a first-of-its-kind in the world," Buke said, adding that the container homes had been designed by Turkish engineers.
He said that the new camp area had the capacity to host "10,000 guests."
He hoped that the two-story container camp would help Syrian refugees settle in at their new homes easily and quickly.
"We have been hosting Syrians since 2012 and before establishing the second part of the camp we considered their daily life routines and their relations with each other after long observations," he said.
He said the new houses would allow Syrians to live in an environment of peace and security with their neighbors and relatives.
Seyfettin Çimen, camp coordinator, said that the new accommodations had been constructed using fireproof materials.
"The two-story containers also have their own balcony," Çimen said.
"The new accommodations have been developed using a sustainable and low-cost gravity-fed solar receiver and storage system. Electricity for the new part of the camp will be generated by solar energy," he added.
Kilis Governor Süleyman Tapsız, who has been serving in Kilis for more than four years, is said to be behind the idea of building the two-story container camp, which will also host a school, three social facilities and a market.
Qatar and Kuwait also provided funds for the project.
According to official data, more than 35,000 Syrian refugees have been provided shelter at refugee camps near the border in the Kilis province.
Last week, several local and international media outlets claimed that there had been an accumulation of refugees at the Syria-Turkish border due to Ankara's alleged unwillingness to open crossing points.
However, Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan dismissed all such claims during his visit to Kilis last week.
"Turkey's open-border policy remains in place. We are opening our gates and embracing all those who flee death and fear for their lives," Akdoğan said.