Volunteers open 'leisure garden' for Syrian refugee children in ?zmir

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Volunteers in Turkey's ?zmir have opened the doors of their "leisure garden" to Syrian refugee children, in order to provide basic social needs for the traumatized children.

The Basmane district of ?zmir, an Aegean province, is known as a "hot spot" or transition point for refugees seeking to cross into Europe through the Aegean Sea illegally, despite risk of death.

The "Solidarity with Refugees Group" has turned the garden of its "Solidarity House" into a kid-friendly garden, where children facing poverty in the city can escape the memories of war by playing games, planting seeds and growing vegetables and fruits. One project done in the garden had the children bury toy guns in the ground as a sort of therapy.

Volunteers from Turkey as well as France, Brazil, Japan, American and Palestine will teach children refugees in Turkish, English and their mother tongue. These volunteers have been working with refugees in different countries before they came to Turkey.

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