Humanitarian Crisis

Caught in the Crossfire in Kilis

Turkey-Syria Border-Reuters
Looking across the Turkey-Syria border.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The war in Syria is forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee, and many refugees are hoping to join the asylum-seekers who have already made their way to Europe.

  • Facts


    • A bombing that killed 28 people in the Turkish capital of Ankara led the country’s prime minister to cancel plans to attend Thursday’s E.U. summit on the refugee crisis.
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under growing pressure at home and abroad over her handling of the refugee issue.
    • An average of 2,063 refugees have entered Germany daily since January 1.
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Fouad lay on the ground and looked around. His left leg was twisted in front of him, the right one was a meter away.

He raised his head and saw seven men with whom he’d been kneeling in the mosque just moments before. They lay motionless in their own blood. Fouad could still move, though he felt no pain. His legs didn’t belong to him any longer. The fighter-bomber took them.

That was 10 days before he told the story from a field hospital run by Malteser International and the Blue Crescent in the south-central Turkish town of Kilis, near the Syrian border.

“I can’t believe that the world isn’t doing anything against these crimes,” the 24-year-old said, his large eyes alert and black hair astray as he pulled a blanket over his lap.

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