Turkey has opened an extensive centre aimed at housing and educating orphaned victims of the Syrian war.
Orphans City is a complex located in the south-eastern town of Reyhanli which will consist of 55 villas, four schools, a mosque, a playground, and a sports arena.
The project – a co-operation between Turkey’s government and two aid groups – will house 990 children. Turkish media say it is a cosy, home environment.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) estimates that six million children have been affected by the six-year conflict in Syria.
More than 800,000 school-aged Syrian children currently stay in Turkey.
The Turkish pro-government IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation and Qatar’s Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) who helped built Orphans City, said they aim to help rehabilitate the “war-related psychological problems and traumas” of Syrian orphans, particularly those living on the streets.
Eighteen children will live in each two-storey villa with a “caretaker” able to study at the two primary and two secondary schools located inside the complex.
The 5,000 children not living in Orphans City will have access to services and facilities at the complex.