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Undercovered: A ‘Lost Generation’ of Young Syrian Refugees in Turkey

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Aids organizations and educators have warned that the half a million Syrian refugee children in Turkey stand to be exploited by sweatshops or otherwise abused, according to a BBC report published Thursday.

BBC’s Tim Whewell writes: “Turkey hosts more refugees than any other country – nearly 3 million – and the vast majority of those are Syrian, including more than 700,000 school-age children. At least two-thirds of them receive no formal education.”

Whewell reports that a number of aid organizations and charities, along with the Turkish government, are working to save what some are calling a “lost generation.”

You can read the report here.

[photo: Relief effort for Syrian refugees in Kilis, southern Turkey. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, via Flickr

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