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Turkey: Convoy of Syrian refugees leaves Istanbul for Syria

Turkey, Istanbul
September 11, 2019 at 08:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

A convoy of buses carrying dozens of Syrian refugees, many claiming to flee the hardships of living in Turkey, left Istanbul's Esenyurt Municipality for Syria on Tuesday.

The transport of refugees is reportedly facilitated by the Esenyurt municipality, who are said to prepare the travel permits and cover the travel expenses of those returning to their homeland.

"Life is really tough here. I have three children, and one salary isn’t enough for us," said Ahmed, stating that he also he had not seen his parents in seven years.

"I have three children. My salary isn't enough for us and for our rent and utility bills. This is why we decided to come back to Syria," said another refugee, Ahmed Taleb.

Kemal Deniz Bozkurt, the Mayor of Esenyurt municipality, explained that a total of 1,127 refugees have returned to Syria, over the course of four months, with the officials' help. "In the former mayor's period, approximately 5,000 Syrian refugees had been sent back to their country," he added.

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A convoy of buses carrying dozens of Syrian refugees, many claiming to flee the hardships of living in Turkey, left Istanbul's Esenyurt Municipality for Syria on Tuesday.

The transport of refugees is reportedly facilitated by the Esenyurt municipality, who are said to prepare the travel permits and cover the travel expenses of those returning to their homeland.

"Life is really tough here. I have three children, and one salary isn’t enough for us," said Ahmed, stating that he also he had not seen his parents in seven years.

"I have three children. My salary isn't enough for us and for our rent and utility bills. This is why we decided to come back to Syria," said another refugee, Ahmed Taleb.

Kemal Deniz Bozkurt, the Mayor of Esenyurt municipality, explained that a total of 1,127 refugees have returned to Syria, over the course of four months, with the officials' help. "In the former mayor's period, approximately 5,000 Syrian refugees had been sent back to their country," he added.

W/S Refugees waiting for their buses in parking lot of Esenyurt Municipality, Istanbul

M/S Officer and four refugees checking out name list

C/U Name list of refugees

M/S Little boy waiting next to luggage

M/S Refugees waiting with their luggage

W/S Bus parking and refugees walking with their luggage

W/S Parked buses waiting for refugees

SOT, Ahmed, Refugee (Turkish): "Life is really tough here. I have three children, and one salary isn’t enough for us. I’ve been working in the textile sector here. Life is tough here. So, I’m going back to Syria. My parents live there, and I haven’t seen them for 7 years now. So, I’m going back to Syria which is in a better condition now. It was good for us here. We’ve lived here as a guest, and now our visit is over."

C/U Baby inside bus *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ahmed, Refugee (Turkish): "Firstly, I’m going to the border crossing in Antakya, and then to Latakia which is ruled by the Syrian state. And finally, I’ll go to Aleppo where my father is waiting for us."

M/S Two men hanging banner on bus *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ahmed Talib, Refugee (Turkish): "I have three children. My salary isn’t enough for us and for our rent and utility bills. This is why we decided to go back to Syria."

W/S Refugees waiting in front of buses *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Ahmed Talib, Refugee (Turkish): "My whole family lives in Aleppo now. My uncle is there, my mother went back there, and my brother is also there. I’m not going to Aleppo, but to our village."

W/S Refugees waiting in front of buses *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Nureddin, Refugee (Turkish): "I’ve been here for 5 years now. I’m leaving Turkey for my family because I haven’t seen them for 5 years."

W/S Refugees waiting in front of buses and placing down their luggage *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Nureddin, Refugee (Turkish): "I’m registered in Sakarya. Esenyurt municipality said that I had to get my travel permit from Sakarya. I went there, got the permit and submited it. So, I can leave."

M/S Refugees loading their luggage in bus *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Kemal Deniz Bozkurt, Mayor of Esenyurt Municipality (Turkish): "They are going to mostly Damascus and Aleppo. There are also those going to Afrin. So, it is not a single destination. There are various groups going back to various regions of Syria."

M/S Buses leaving parking lot *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Kemal Deniz Bozkurt, Mayor of Esenyurt Municipality (Turkish): "Since I took office, within four months - there is also a one-month break right after the elections - 1127 refugees went back through our organisation. In the former mayor’s period, approximately 5000 Syrian refugees had been sent back to their country."

M/S Buses leaving parking lot

W/S Square in Esenyurt

W/S Fishermen on Galata Bridge in Emionu district

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