Ali Can Zeray / Edirne, Sep 15 () – In northwestern province of Edirne bordering Bulgaria and Greece, around 3,000 Syrians have been recently rejected at the Pazarkule bordergate by gendarmerie and police teams, while around 250 migrants from different provinces of Turkey, who have flocked to Edirne by buses and private cars simultaneously, were refused to pass the gate.
From different corners of the country, Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir in particular, a large group of Syrian migrants have communicated through social media to plan their clearance through the gate., in attempt to go to Germany.
However, the crowd’s “journey of hope” stumbled, even if some of them had their residential permit from the Interior Ministry.
Around 250 Syrian migrants including women, children and elders walked to the city center and gathered at the bus terminal. The group organized a sit in at the terminal.
Having told they have decided to cross into Greece and then Germany through highways since the sea route was dangerous, Ahmet Mithaki who made a statement for the group said, “We are not afraid of anyone. We have already taken the risk of death and difficulties. Turkish soldiers, police officers should allow us the cross the border. We will go there to survive. We are leaving because we have war in our country. They should understand us.”
Some of the migrants including children were holding the picture of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian toddler whose picture washing ashore the coast after having drowned of Aegean shattered souls across the globe, to convince the security officers to allow them.
Among them, Hijam Corom has lost his two legs amid the civil war, and fled the country with his wife Salem, one year old son Rafeel, and his wheelchair.
“We took the road to reach my son living in Germany. My only wish is that we would be welcomed by a new life there” said Corom.
Around 100 migrants among 250 were sent back to Istanbul by buses deployed for them, while the remaining 150 migrants keep waiting in hope.