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Syrische Flüchtlinge auf einem Gurkenfeld in Mardin, Türkei.

In good spirits thanks to Trozi and Etteh

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Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

It’s 4am and still dark. But the men and women gathering at the entrance of a refugee camp in Mardin province in Southeastern Türkiye are in a good mood. They are about to go to the nearby fields: to harvest cucumbers. As part of a project funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Welthungerhilfe has rented agricultural land for Syrian refugees. Each of the 53 participating families can cultivate 5,000 square metres of land.

Earning An Income And Improving Mental Health

With the support of agricultural experts, the families plant and harvest a special cucumber variety that looks like a pale version of a normal cucumber, which is called "Trozi" in Turkish and "etteh" in Arabic. In the province of Mardin, green vegetables are available for the equivalent of 0.26 to 0.50 euros. On an average day, the families earn between 70 and 100 Turkish Lira (12 bis 18 Euro). The displaced people have the chance to earn an income. Even if the income is not always sufficient, as Ahmad Taleb complains: "Some might not have enough money to start their own business after this project ends. There are not enough job opportunities in this area.

Harvested cucumbers in a field in Mardin, Turkey.
Harvested cucumbers in a field in Mardin, Turkey. © Stephanie Binder/Welthungerhilfe

Ahmad, 64, has fled Hama, his daughter died in the war. When his house was destroyed, he fled to Türkiye. In the project of the Welthungerhilfe he found a new task. As mukther, community representative, to new arrivals in the camp he explains how they can participate in the project and register. For Ahmad, the cucumber project is not only about earing own income, it also offers a break from the monotonous life in the refugee camp.

Refugees About The Project

Welthungerhilfe and its partners support people in Syria, Türkiye and Lebanon. The work is coordinated by the country office in Gaziantep, Türkiye. The war in Syria has been ongoing since 2011. Several million people had to flee and are dependent on aid. Welthungerhilfe and its partners provide emergency relief and try to create future prospects.

How Welthungerhilfe Helps In Türkiye

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