On 05 March 2013, AFAD - Disaster and Emergency Management Agency = announced that the total number of Syrians registered in 17 camps in 8 provinces increased to 185,982, persons. AFAD reoported that during the 48hrs of 03-05 March 1,131 new arrival Syrians were registered in the camps while 472 Syrians voluntarily returned to Syria.
Local authorities reported that some 90 wounded Syrians sought medical care in Turkey as a result of the intense conflict in the Northern Syrian province of Raqqa. Due to the fighting, some 100 Syrians who used to live in communal buildings in Tel-Abyad district have approached to the Turkish border of Akcakale and requested to be admitted.
During the launching of food card system in Harran container site in Sanliurfa province the authorities repeated their appreociation to WFP , Kizilay and UNHCR and requested the program to be expanded to all camps, including both container and tented sites. The Regional Coordinating Governor invited all the actors of the program (WFP, UNHCR, Kilzilay and AFAD) to a joint meeting to review and discuss the time table for the expansion of the program.
In the food card program, UNHCR provides the cooking sets, kitchen sets and a fridge per family which will enable the refugees to cook their own meals. Refugees are also provided about 100 TL per person per month: 80 TL /person/month by WFP and 20 TL/person/month by Government of Turkey for NFIs.
UNHCR Field Teams will contintue to be present in the camps to observe the voluntary repatriation interviews, and provide technical advise on protection issues on the ground while UNHCR with other UN Agencies will continue to support the Government of Turkey in its response to Syria Crisis to keep the high standards of services provided in the camps.
The joint WFP/Kizilay Electronic Food Card Programme has now started in Harran camp. The programme is supporting 12,000 Syrians in Harran and a total of 36,000 in camps across Turkey. Government officials and camp members have reported a high level of satisfaction with the programme. It was reported by local Government officials that Syrian families spent a large quantity of their first fortnightly transfer on fresh fruit and vegetables after many had gone months with limited intake of fresh produce.