Miserable young women crouch or slump on sidewalks, holding listless babies, every 10 feet on major avenues in Istanbul. I’m heartbroken to see a little girl about 6 years old, alone at the Metro, as lost and mangy as an abandoned dog.
“Syrian refugees,” tourists tell each other, dodging clusters of very young children, dirty and shoeless, begging for coins.
The refugee crisis in Turkey is overwhelming.
It’s the most stable country in an instable region, bordering eight countries, including Syria, Iraq, and Iran. For the last 10 years, people fleeing war and fear have cascaded across Turkey’s borders, most intensely since 2011 when civil war began in Syria.