Turkish Embassy, Unhcr And The University Of Ottawa Host Exhibit On Turkey’s Historic Role On Refugee Relief:

Ottava Büyükelçiliği 08.12.2014

“SAFE HARBOUR TURKEY: RESTORING HOPE”
University of Ottawa, Jock Turcot University Centre
9 – 19 December 2014

OTTAWA (December 4, 2014) – The Turkish Embassy in Ottawa in collaboration with UNHCR Canada and the University of Ottawa welcomes the exhibition “Safe Harbour Turkey: Restoring Hope”. This unique display highlights Turkey’s experience throughout history for refugees seeking shelter from conflict, oppression, a certain death or violence.

The exhibit, which was recently displayed at the United Nations HQ in New York and in Washington D.C., is open to the public starting on December 9ththrough December 19th. There will be an opening reception on Monday, December 8th at 12:30 in the Jock-Turcot University Centre of the University of Ottawa. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

Turkey as a Safe Harbour

For centuries, Turkish territories have been offering a safe haven to millions of people irrespective of religion, race, ethnic background or language. The Turkish people have opened their homes and hearts to those who were forced to leave their homeland due to war, conflict, violence, torture, oppression or humiliation.

This historical role played by Turkey led to the organization of the exhibition “Safe Harbour Turkey: Restoring Hope”. In addition to profiling the recent influx of refugees from war torn Syria, the exhibit also highlights the stories of individuals and communities from different regions who sought shelter in the territories of the Ottoman Empire and later the Republic of Turkey.

The exhibition showcases the many instances where Turkey has embraced those fleeing to Turkish territories seeking refuge and, despite the heavy burden, strived to address their needs and provide for theirsafety and livelihood. The exhibit also shines a light on this colossal humanitarian phenomenon whose burden cannot be shouldered alone.

Visiting hours: Monday - Friday (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Jock Turcot University Centre, 85 University Private, University of Ottawa

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