PBS STORY: Syrian Refugees in Turkey (VIDEO)
Hundreds of thousands fleeing war find humanitarian aid—and suffering—across the border.
At the Roman Catholic Holy Spirit Cathedral, Spanish-born Salesian Father Andres Calleja Ruiz leads special programs for refugee children and youth from Syria, as well as a growing number whose families are fleeing ISIS persecution in Iraq. Because the children don’t speak Turkish, it’s difficult for them to attend local schools.
“We teach them English, of course, but also mathematics, geography and sports, music, dancing. To make them to feel that they are children like any other children. And to liberate themselves a little bit from their traumas. And above all to open their eyes and their heart to a future.” – Father Andres Calleja Ruiz, Salesians of Don Bosco