Randa, a Syrian woman who attended the dinner in Iskenderun, said, “This is my first time attending an iftar event in Turkey, but I feel like we are one family regardless of whether we are Turkish or Syrian. As time goes on we grow closer together. I hope there will be more events like this so we can keep overcoming any barriers between our two communities.”
In a country like Turkey that hosts over four million migrants and refugees, efforts likes these at the most local levels can go a long way in bringing people together.
The IOM-supported iftar dinners organized by IOM’s Mobile Psychosocial Support teams are funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the United States Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and the Government of Japan.