Target: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Goal: Open Turkey’s borders to accept some of the 35,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
The European Union is urging Turkey to open its borders to some of the 35,000 refugees fleeing war and violence in Syria. The EU said Turkey has a moral and legal duty to protect the thousands of refugees who are stuck at shelters just outside the Turkish border at Kilis.
Turkey says the refugees have food and shelter inside Syria and thus do not need to come into Turkey. However, it’s been reported that many of the camps near the border are over capacity, forcing many refugee families to sleep unprotected out in the open because they can’t find safe shelter.
The EU says it has been providing funding to Turkey so Turkey will have the “means, the instruments, the resources to protect and to host people that are seeking asylum.”
Kilis governor Suleyman Tapsiz claims that the border is not closed but “…at the moment there is no need to host such people inside our borders.”
Urge the Turkish government to help these refugees escape this violence and have a safe place to sleep.
Dear President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,
The EU is pleading for your country to open its borders to some of the 35,000 refugees fleeing war and violence in Syria who are stuck just outside the Turkish border in over-capacity shelters and even sleeping outside unprotected.
These are families and children who have no safe place to sleep and are simply trying to escape the war-torn country they come from. It’s evident that there is a major need for Turkey to help these people, as they are at risk sleeping out in the open without any real protection.
I urge you to open your borders to help protect these refugees from violence.
[Your Name Here]
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