by 1st Lt. Leah Davis
Office of Defense Cooperation-Turkey
5/15/2015 - ANKARA, Turkey -- Personnel
from Department of Defense-Ankara volunteered their time and resources
to make lunches for refugees who call Turkey their home.
Volunteers worked together to build more than 100 lunches filled with
sandwiches, fruit and candy for families who have become refugees. The
lunches were delivered in support of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees.
Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, almost two million refugees have
entered Turkey, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees come from not only Syria, but travel from Afghanistan, the
Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq and Somalia. Half of the refugees from
Syria are children, according to the UNHRC website.
Kristine Troy, Office of Defense Cooperation-Turkey, has taken on the task of organizing the volunteers and lunches.
"Our group here at Team DoD-Turkey started helping the refugees several
months ago. I wanted to make sure we continue to support this group of
people because we see the refugees out on the streets begging for money
and food. Half of the time, the women have babies with them and it is
This is the third time lunches were provided for the refugees. The ODC-T
members plan to conduct the volunteer project once a month.
"I knew if we all put our efforts together, we could make a difference,
whether it's a meal or through donations. I would really like for us to
continue this project because the refugees will continue moving to
Turkey and may not have the resources they need," said Troy.
"I'm very proud of the personnel who have given their time and resources
to help," said Brig. Gen. Marc Sasseville, the U.S. Senior Defense
Official. "Turkey has hosted many refugees and this provides an
opportunity for people who are here for other missions to make a
difference in their own way."