Syrian refugees say there is no life for them in 'Islamic' Turkey, want to go to 'Christian' Germany. (TZ).
Ahmet complains about a lack of genuine Islam in Muslim countries and argues that 'there is more humanity in European countries, most of which are Christian.'
More than 2,000 refugees who have been in the northwestern Turkish border province of Edirne for over a week say that they would like to go to the EU, particularly Germany, mainly because there is “no life” for them in Turkey.
Most of the refuges said that they would do anything to leave Turkey for the EU, singling out Germany as their “dream country,” while also saying that crossing the Aegean to reach the EU has become a much less attractive an option following reports of large numbers of deaths from capsized makeshift boats.
Despite the high level of unpredictability, most of the refugees -- who are predominantly Syrian -- maintain their belief that a journey to Germany is somehow possible. Their biggest concern is the future of their children, since most of them are not receiving an education in Turkey. ‘There is no mercy or conscience in Turkey'
One of the most blunt Syrians who Today's Zaman spoke to is 39-year-old Ahmet Mesur, who used to be a schoolteacher in his home country. He worked as a construction worker in Turkey but was not paid after working for 45 days. “Turkey is like heaven, but there is no mercy or conscience,” Ahmet says, indicating the poor condition of women and children nearby.
“We are human beings, not animals,” Ahmet cries out. When asked the reasons for his desire to leave Turkey, he cites the following: “The cheapest rent in İstanbul is TL 1,000, our children have not been to school for the last three years and in public hospitals we only receive free examinations and no medication, which is expensive.”
Ahmet complains about a lack of genuine Islam in Muslim countries and argues that there is more humanity in European countries, most of which are Christian.
‘We work like slaves'
Another common complaint about Syrians is the expense of paperwork in Turkey. They say that for residence and work permits, TL 1,500 is asked per person. Most of them also say they are asked to work like slaves in very low-paying jobs and often do not receive their wages on time.
Although the majority of refugees are Syrians, others from different nationalities such as Cemşit Muhammed from Afghanistan are to be found in the stadium. He says that his asylum request has been denied and he wants to go to Germany because he does not feel comfortable in Turkey.
Hmmmm......'Islamic solidarity' 101. Read the full story here.