UN chief visits camps for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with a distressed woman during his tour of the Syrian refugee camp in Islahiye, southern Turkey, near the border with Syria. UN Photo/Mark Garten

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday reiterated his call for an end to violence in Syria as he visited camps for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey.

Mr. Ban arrived in Turkey to hold discussions with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The Secretary-General first went to the Za'atari camp in Jordan where he visited a World Food Programme (WFP) food distribution centre and a playground for children run by the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF).

UN Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo del Buey says the Secretary-General later travelled to Turkey's Islahiye camp where he saw a tent city and spoke with some residents there.

"In remarks to the press following his visits to the camps, the Secretary-General said he was shocked, humbled and deeply moved by the stories that families shared with him. He recalled one child who simply told him he wanted to go back to school. The Secretary-General has once more appealed to all sides in Syria to stop the killing. And he pleaded for more funds for humanitarian assistance, at a time when the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan is only 50 per cent funded."

Duration: 27"

The Secretary-General said the people he met on Friday are mothers, brothers, fathers and sisters and urged the international community to stand with them.

He is scheduled to return to New York on Saturday.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’31″

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