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Dreams and despair in Turkey's 'little Syria'

A woman walks in front of a Syrian private school in Mersin, southern Turkey on March 11, 2015 where at least 200,000 Syrians live after fleeing the war at homeSince the Syrian civil war erupted four years ago, tens of thousands of refugees have poured into the southern Turkish port town of Mersin, fearing they may never return home and yearning for a better life. Between 200,000-350,000 Syrian refugees are now estimated to live in the workaday Mediterranean city, swelling its population of around one million by about a quarter. As Turkey does not require one, I came here,” said a 24-year-old Syrian professional health worker who wanted to remain anonymous. He and the others in Mersin make up a large proportion of the 1.7 million Syrian refugees hosted by Turkey since the war broke out in March 2011.

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