Explore the photos and stories gathered from Dr. Oz's summer trip to Syrian refugee camps.
While on his annual summer trip to Turkey, Dr. Oz visited Syrian refugee camps on both sides of the Turkey-Syria border for the first time. With the help of Turkish Emergency Services (AFAD), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Turkish Red Crescent, Dr. Oz was able to meet with some refugees who have endured the unimaginable, hear their heartbreaking stories of resilience, and witness their day-to-day lives firsthand. Click through the gallery to see some of the telling moments that were captured.
Comfort in a Candy
After our time in Turkey, we passed across the Syrian border into the Azez region (near Aleppo) to see some of the 12 Syrian refugee camps with 150,000 people. The Siccu camp just across the border houses 11,000 refugees, with 5,000 of them being kids. The camp is an in-between land where the Turkish army chased out ISIS and terrorists, but the land is Syrian and local militia control streets. Still, no country takes ownership of the camps, so they pale in comparison to the camps on the Turkish side. Walking through one of the tent cities, you see many children crying and full of uncertainty. I was able to hand out bags of chocolate, and though it might seem like such an available normality, to these Syrian children it means a rare bit of comfort.